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Attendance Pay

Mesquite ISD Administration firmly believes that our organization operates at its best when 100% of our employees are present and engaged to serve our students. To support this priority, district leadership developed an attendance incentive plan, offering all full-time MISD employees the opportunity to earn up to $1,000 in Attendance Pay during the 2023-24 school year.

How Attendance Pay Works

  • Only full-time Mesquite ISD employees are eligible to receive Attendance Pay.
  • Eligible employees may earn $250 per attendance period (four times per year).
  • An employee's absence count resets at the beginning of each attendance period; therefore, employees may qualify to earn the incentive in some periods and not others. 
  • Employees must have zero absences per period to earn Attendance Pay. (See allowable absence exceptions on this page.)
  • Half-day absences, FMLA leave, worker's compensation leave and intermittent leave are not considered allowable absence exceptions for Attendance Pay.
  • New employees become eligible for Attendance Pay the first full attendance period they are employed by MISD.

Attendance Periods & Payment Dates

CAMPUS STAFF (NON-226) & TRANSPORTATION STAFF
Attendance Period #1:
First contract day or
scheduled work day of the
2023-24 fiscal year — Oct. 6, 2023
(paid Nov. 17)
Attendance Period #2:
Oct. 16 — Dec. 21, 2023
(paid Jan. 26)
Attendance Period #3:
Jan. 8 — March 8, 2024
(paid April 26)
Attendance Period #4:
March 18 — May 24, 2024
(paid July 25)

 

ALL OTHER STAFF
Attendance Period #1:
First contract day or
scheduled work day of the
2023-24 fiscal year — Sept. 29, 2023
(paid Nov. 17)
Attendance Period #2:
Oct. 2 — Dec. 29, 2023
(paid Jan. 26)
Attendance Period #3:
Jan. 2 — March 28, 2024
(paid April 26)
Attendance Period #4:
April 1 — June 28, 2024
(paid July 25)

 

Questions about Attendance Pay?
Contact Dr. Andrea Hensley at

ahensley@mesquiteisd.org

Allowable Absence Exceptions

The following absence types will not count against an employee's eligibility for Attendance Pay:

  • Jury duty
  • Subpoena to appear in court
  • Religious holidays
  • Approved professional learning
  • Approved school business
  • Vacation days (226- and 260-day employees only)
  • Unused Gold Days rolled over from 2022-23 (226-day employees only)
  • Use of compensatory time (clerical and instructional paraprofessionals only)
  • Death of an immediate family member. For purposes other than FMLA, the Employee Handbook defines immediate family as:
  1. Spouse
  2. Son or daughter, including a biological, adopted, or foster child, a son- or daughter-in-law, a stepchild, a legal ward, or a child for whom the employee stands in loco parentis
  3. Parent, stepparent, parent-in-law, or other individual who stands in loco parentis to the employee
  4. Sibling, stepsibling, and sibling-in-law
  5. Grandparent and grandchild
  6. Any person residing in the employee’s household at the time of illness or death