DP337B NEG – Leave of Absence (Personal – 15 Days)—Education Support Professionals
Board Directive The Board of Education encourages employees to avoid absenteeism and to schedule vacations, trips, and other personal activities at times that do not interrupt work schedules. However, the Board recognizes that circumstances may make it necessary for employees to request a leave of absence from time to time. Therefore, the Board authorizes the District Administration to implement a Leave of Absence policy.
Administrative Policy The Leave of Absence policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
Employees shall be discouraged from requesting a personal leave of absence during the school year.
In the event that an employee has a serious or compelling need for a leave of absence, a request may be made in writing to the appropriate Administrator. The request must be made and approved prior to the leave being taken. Failure to receive approval prior to the leave may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment as outlined in DP316B - Orderly Termination Procedures – Education Support Professionals. The request must clearly state the reason that a leave of absence is necessary. After due consideration, the request shall either be granted or denied. Notification will be provided to the employee in writing.
Leaves of absence granted under this policy shall be without pay except as provided under item H. below.
Contract employees shall not be granted more than fifteen (15) days' leave of absence under this policy in any three-year period.
Nutrition Service employees who are in year-round schools will be granted an additional five (5) non-paid days per year.
An employee whose request for an unpaid leave is denied and who chooses to absent himself/herself from his/her assignment despite the denial shall be deemed to have voluntarily terminated his/her employment with the District.
This leave does not negate the other official leave provisions of the Board as listed below:
Emergency School Dismissal by Order of the Governor
1.The limit to the number of no-pay days that an employee may use in a year and still retain his/her position shall be suspended during an emergency school dismissal.
2. Any no-pay days taken during an emergency school dismissal shall not count toward the limit of fifteen (15) days in three (3) years.
3. No pay-days shall be reported to the employee’s supervisor and recorded in Skyward.
Nutrition Service employees who are contracted and work in year-round schools shall be granted two (2) days of paid leave per year beginning with their second year of employment. Nutrition Service employees hired prior to January 1 of the contract year shall be counted as having one year of service.
Days of paid leave must be used during the contract year and do not accrue from year to year.
Days of paid leave must be approved by the Nutrition Service manager at least five (5) days in advance.
Paid leave days may not be used during the first five (5) or last five (5) days of the school year.
Use of these two (2) paid leave days shall not impact the no absence reimbursement incentive.
Employees who voluntarily transfer from a year-round schedule to a traditional schedule shall forfeit any previously earned paid leave days.
Employees who are involuntarily transferred from a year-round schedule to a traditional schedule shall be eligible for two (2) days of paid leave during the transfer year.