Leaves of Absence

All information regarding leaves for certified staff is found in Article 3 of the Master Contract. Since a lot of it is written in “legalese,” you will find here a brief summary of each of the main types of leaves. Any teacher on any type of leave has the responsibility to notify the school system in writing regarding his/her plans following the approved leave, according to the date listed in the Master Contract for the respective leave (March 1st for all full-year leaves), stating that the teacher will request additional leave, return to employment, or resign.

  • Maternity Leave
    • A teacher who is pregnant may take a leave any time between the commencement of the pregnancy and one year following the baby’s birth, provided that the proper notification is received no less than 30 days prior to beginning the leave. The teacher must set up an appointment to meet with Loria Mayes (Personnel Executive Assistant), to go over the details of the leave and the benefits available. Since it is considered a health-related leave, a physician’s statement is necessary prior to beginning the leave, along with the leave request form.
    • In a nutshell, a teacher’s available sick and personal business days can be used to cover only the six weeks of post-partum recovery time (temporary disability) immediately following the birth of the baby. The remainder of any leave taken is on an unpaid basis. If the teacher is ordered by her physician to be off work prior to the birth of the child, the teacher is allowed to use available personal illness days to cover that time, provided that the physician provides the Personnel Department with a letter giving the specific diagnosis resulting in the need for the absence.
    • If a teacher plans to take more than the six weeks of post-partum recovery time, she should be aware that if she is covered by the school’s insurance program, her insurance benefits can continue for a total of 12 weeks at the regular bi-weekly premium. After the 12 weeks are up, the teacher must pay 100% of the premium in advance (without the school system paying any) for the remainder of the leave. She must contact the insurance department at 262-5527 to make arrangements for this.
    • In the event that both parents are employed by the corporation, only one of the two may take maternity leave for the same period of time. Maternity leaves are to be taken for the primary purpose of care of a child over which the teacher has legal custody and should not be used for the purpose of other gainful employment.

 

  • Parental Leave
    • A teacher is entitled to up to one year of parental leave for the primary purpose of child care following the birth or adoption of a child, provided that the proper notification is received no less than 30 days prior to beginning the leave. The teacher must set up an appointment to meet with Loria Mayes (Personnel Executive Assistant), , to go over the details of the leave. The leave is taken on an unpaid basis since it is not for the temporary disability of the parent.
    • In the event that both parents are employed by the corporation, only one of the two may take parental leave for the same period of time. Parental leaves are to be taken for the primary purpose of care of a child over which the teacher has legal custody and should not be used for the purpose of other gainful employment.

 

  • Adoptive Leave
    • A teacher who legally adopts a child whose age is less than 6 years old shall be entitled to use up to six consecutive weeks of accumulated sick leave to serve as the primary caregiver for the adoptive child. The teacher shall not be authorized to make application to the sick leave bank for said days. In order to be eligible for paid adoptive leave the teacher must notify the Personnel of the request for adoptive leave upon acceptance of the application for adoption. All such leaves shall commence on the date that the child is physically turned over to the teacher for the teacher’s care and legal custody.

 

  • Personal Voluntary Leave
    • An unpaid leave may be granted by the School Board upon the request of the teacher if the request is received by the Superintendent prior to March 1st of the school year prior to the year of desired leave. The granting of the leave is at the Board’s discretion and may be contingent upon the school system’s ability to find a highly qualified teacher to assume the requesting teacher’s duties.

 

  • Professional Leave
    • An unpaid professional leave may be granted for the purpose of pursuing advanced studies beyond the Bachelors degree. A written request must be received prior to March 1st of the year prior to the academic year in which the teacher desires to be on leave. The professional leave committee will review the request and make a recommendation to the Superintendent. The granting of the professional leave is at the Board’s discretion and may be contingent upon the school system’s ability to find a highly qualified teacher to assume the requesting teacher’s duties.
    • A teacher on professional leave must verify that the leave is actually being used for the purpose for which it was granted. Details of the verification procedure are listed in the Master Contract.

 

  • Health Leave
    • After a teacher’s personal illness benefit days are exhausted, an unpaid health leave may be granted provided that the proper notification is received, along with a physician’s statement certifying the teacher’s inability to fulfill the normal assigned duties for an extended period of time. The teacher must set up an appointment to meet with Loria Mayes (Personnel Executive Assistant), to go over the details of the leave. The leave may be granted for the duration of the current contract year or for the forthcoming contract year.

 

  • Military Leave
    • Military leave will be granted in accordance with state or federal statutes.