“Did you know that Virginia businesses are not actually required to provide paid sick leave to all their employees? You might be thinking, what does this have to do with speech-language therapy? Here’s the thing, I’m back to in-person sessions for 90% of my caseload and my husband works in the ER. While we realize we are very fortunate, unfortunately, many health care workers have to make the decision between going into work when sick or not getting a paycheck. COVID or not, would you want someone sick around you or your child in a healthcare setting? How about any other setting? Absolutely not on both accounts!

If we really want to keep ALL Virginia businesses COVID-free, we must urge businesses to offer paid sick leave. And if we want our children to stay in face-to-face therapy, go to school, go to museums, art classes or sports centers, Virginia businesses need to set the standard & offer paid sick leave.”