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  • Effective: 9/17/02
  • Revision:
  • Reviewed: 5/28/13

  1. Board Directive
    The District’s Family and Medical Leave policy is designed to comply with the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29 USC 2601.  This law entitles eligible employees to receive up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave each school year (July 1–June 30) for serious medical conditions.  An eligible employee shall be required to use accrued personal leave, family leave, sick leave, and vacation leave, as applicable, prior to the use of leave without pay for the family and medical leave period.  The Board delegates to the Administration responsibility for establishing policy for Family and Medical Leave Benefits.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Family and Medical Leave policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1.  Definitions
      1. An “eligible employee” means any employee who has been employed for at least 12 months by the District and worked for at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period immediately preceding the commencement of leave.
      2. The term “employment benefits” means all benefits provided by the District to its employees such as group life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, sick leave, personal leave, vacation leave and pension or retirement benefits.
      3. The term “eligible family member” means a spouse, son, daughter or parent of the eligible employee.
      4. The term “spouse” is defined in accordance with applicable Utah State law.
      5. The term “son or daughter” means biological, adopted, or foster child, a stepchild, or a legal ward, or a child of a person standing in loco parentis.  A child is less than 18 years of age, or older than 18 years, but incapable of self-care due to mental or physical disability.
      6. The term “parent” means the biological parent of the eligible employee or an individual who stands or stood in loco parentis to an employee when the employee was under 18 or incapable of self-care.  This does not include parents-in-law.
      7. The term “serious health condition” means an illness, impairment, or physical or mental condition that requires:
        1. Inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical facility; and any period of incapacity or subsequent treatment in connection with such inpatient care, or
        2. Continuing treatment certified as required by a health care provider.
      8. The term “health care provider” means:
        1. Doctor of medicine or osteopathy who is authorized to practice medicine or surgery by the state in which the doctor practices; or
        2. Any person determined by the secretary of labor to be capable of providing health care services (§29 C.F.R.–825.118); or
    2. Entitlement to Leave
      An eligible employee is entitled to 12 workweeks of leave without pay each school year, (July 1–|June 30) in the event of any of the following:

      1. The birth of a son or daughter of the employee and to care for that son or daughter;
      2. The placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care;
      3. An eligible family member has a serious health condition; or
      4. The employee suffers from a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of the employee’s position.
    3. Relation to Other Non-Paid Leave
      Any employee who is entitled to unpaid leave under any other District policy shall be limited to the additional weeks of leave necessary to attain the total 12 workweeks of leave provided by this policy.
    4. Relation to Other Leave
      The District shall require the employee to use accrued personal leave, family leave, sick leave, and vacation leave, as applicable, before the use of leave without pay for the family and medical leave period.  Existing District policy governing appropriate use of sick, personal leave, and vacation days are applicable.  If an employee uses accrued compensatory time, that leave time may not be counted against the FMLA leave entitlement.  The total family leave period, whether paid or unpaid, shall not exceed 12 workweeks.
    5. Employee Leave Notice
      Employees, or an appropriate representative, shall submit a request for family or medical leave 30 days in advance when the need for the leave is foreseeable, or as soon as possible in emergencies.
      The District may designate FMLA leave after the fact only:

      1. If the reason for leave was previously unknown, provided the reason for leave is made within two business days after the employee's return to work; and
      2. The District has preliminarily designated the leave as FMLA pending medical certification.
    6. Intermittent Leave
      Leave due to a serious health condition of an employee or eligible family member may be taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule when medically necessary.  The employee requesting intermittent leave or leave on a reduced leave schedule for planned medical treatment must develop a schedule with his or her immediate supervisor, and, based on input from the health care provider, meets the District’s needs without unduly disrupting the District’s operation.  If an employee requests intermittent leave or leave on a reduced schedule for a foreseeable, planned medical treatment, the District may require the employee to transfer temporarily to an available alternative position with equivalent pay and benefits that better accommodates recurring periods of leave.  The District will make the determination as to whether a position is an equivalent position.
    7. Required Documentation
      The District shall document leave requests which qualify as FMLA leave, and will designate any qualifying leave taken by employees as FMLA leave.  All leave qualifying as FMLA leave shall be designated as such and shall be subject to all provisions of this rule.  No other leave shall be granted until the employee has exhausted his/her 12-week entitlement under FMLA.  The District shall notify the employee in writing of the designation of FMLA within two business days, or as soon as a determination can be made, that the leave requested qualifies as FMLA if the preliminary information is not sufficient to make such determination.
      Written notice to employees shall include the following information:

      1. That the leave will be counted against the employee’s annual FMLA entitlement.
      2. Any requirements for the employee to furnish medical certification of a serious health condition and the consequences for not doing so.
      3. A statement explaining that the employee will be required to exhaust unused personal leave, family leave, sick leave, and vacation leave, as applicable, before going into unpaid leave status.
      4. Any requirement for the employee to make any premium payments to maintain health benefits and the arrangements for making such payments, and the possible consequences of failure to make such payments on a timely basis.
      5. Any requirement for the employee to present a medical release before being restored to employment.
      6. The employee’s right to restoration to the same or an equivalent job upon return from leave.
      7. The employee’s potential liability for payment of health insurance premiums paid by the District during the employee’s unpaid FMLA leave if the employee fails to return to work after taking FMLA leave.
    8. Spouses of Employees Employed by the District
      In any case, where both husband and wife are employees of the District and both seek leave under this policy, such leave shall be limited to an aggregate 12 workweeks during any 12-month period if:

      1. Leave is sought to care for a newborn daughter or son or the adoption of a daughter or son; or
      2. Leave is sought to care for a sick parent.
      3. If the leave is requested for either the husband’s or the wife’s own serious illness or the serious health condition of the couple’s son or daughter, the aggregate 12-workweek limitation in the FMLA does not apply.
    9. Required Medical Certification for Leave
      A certificate issued by a health care provider of the eligible employee or the eligible family member must support all requests for leave under this policy.

      1. The Certificate: “Medical Certification Statement—Employee’s Own Serious Illness” or “Medical Certification Statement for Family Members,” shall be provided within 15 days after leave is requested.
      2. A certificate is sufficient if it states:
        1. the date on which the serious health condition commenced.
        2. the probable duration of the condition
        3. the appropriate medical facts regarding the condition
        4. a statement that the serious medical condition prevents the employee from performing the essential tasks of the applicable employment position or that it requires the employee to attend and care for an eligible family member.
      3. The District may require, at its option and expense, second or third certifications in support of a request for leave.
      4. The District shall require recertification of the necessity for the family or medical leave at reasonable intervals, but not more than every 30 days, unless:
        1. the employee requests an extension of leave.
        2. circumstances described in the previous certification has changed significantly; or
      5. the District receives information that casts doubt on the continuing validity of the certification.
    10. Required Medical Certification for Return
      All employees returning from leave caused by a serious health condition shall provide a certificate addressing the employee’s fitness for duty issued by a health care provider of the eligible employee.

      1. The certificate shall be provided at least seven calendar days before the requested return date.
      2. A certificate is sufficient if it states:
        1. the employee is medically fit to return to work in the previous position.
        2. the appropriate medical facts regarding the employee’s fitness to return to work.
        3. a statement that the serious medical condition no longer prevents the employee from performing the essential tasks of the position.
      3. The District may require, at its option and expense, second or third certification in support of a request to return to work.
    11. Restoration of the Employee
      An employee who takes a leave complying with the provisions of this policy is entitled upon return from leave to:

      1. Be restored to the position held by the employee prior to leave; or
      2. Be provided an equivalent position in terms of benefits, pay and other terms and conditions of employment.
      3. A determination as to whether a position is an equivalent position will be made by the District.
    12. Denial of Restoration
      The District may deny restoration of status or equivalent position, if:

      1. The denial is necessary to prevent substantial and grievous economic injury to the operations of the District.
      2. The District notifies the employee that it intends to deny restoration when it determines that injury to the employee would occur.
      3. The employee elects not to return to employment.
    13. Effects on Benefits
      During the family or medical leave period, the District shall continue to pay its portion of the employee’s group health insurance premium. An employee on family or medical leave must continue to pay his or her portion of the health insurance premium in order to keep coverage in effect.
    14. Non-Accrual of Seniority
      An employee is not entitled to the accrual of any seniority or employment benefits that would have accrued if not for the taking of family or medical leave. An employee who takes family or medical leave will not lose any seniority or employment benefits that accrued before the date leave began.
    15. Failure to Return
      If an employee fails to return to work after unpaid FMLA leave has ended, the District may recover, with certain exceptions, the health insurance premiums paid by the District on the employee’s behalf during unpaid leave.  An employee is considered to have returned to work if he or she returns for at least 30 calendar days.  An exception to this may be made if an employee’s circumstances change unexpectedly beyond their control during the leave period, which make them unable to return to work at the end of twelve workweeks.  Medical certification is required.
    16. Rules Applicable Near End of School Year
      If the employee begins leave more than five weeks prior to the end of the school year, the District may require the employee to continue taking unpaid leave until the end of the school year if:

      1. The leave requested is of at least three weeks duration; and
      2. The return to employment would occur during the one-week period before the end of the school year.
    17. Leave Less Than Five Weeks Prior to the End of School Year
      If the employee begins leave for reasons other than a personal serious health condition which commences less than five weeks prior to the end of the school year, then the District may require the employee to continue to take unpaid leave until the end of the school year if:

      1. The leave requested is of greater than a two-week duration; and
      2. The return to employment would occur during the two-week period before the end of the school year.
    18. Leave Less Than Three Weeks Prior to End of School Year
      If the employee begins leave for reasons other than personal serious health conditions during the period that commences three weeks prior to the end of the school year and the leave is greater than five working days, then the District may require the employee to continue to take unpaid leave until the end of the school year.
    19. Application for Leave
      Forms for application and certification of FMLA are available in the Department of Human Resources office.  Medical records created for the purpose of FMLA and the Americans with Disabilities Act must be maintained in a separate, confidential file.
    20. Posting of Notice
      A notice of rights under this policy, approved by the Secretary of Labor, shall be posted by the District in a conspicuous place on school or District office premises.

  • Effective: 1/9/1996
  • Revision: 8/11/2020
  • Reviewed: 4/26/13

  1. Board Directive
    It is the policy of the Board to authorize paid sick leave benefits for licensed personnel who work 20 hours per week or more and to comply with requirements of Public Law 103-3, Family and Medical Leave Act.  The Board delegates to the Administration responsibility for establishing guidelines for sick leave and family leave benefits.  Sick leave runs concurrent with Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Workers Compensation.  Refer to Policy DP322 NEG- Family Medical Leave Act.
  2. Administrative Policy
    1. Definitions
      1. Immediate family is defined as husband, wife, daughter, son, father, mother, brother, sister, or other person residing in the employee’s home on a permanent basis. Special circumstances may be appealed to the Sick Leave Review Committee for consideration of immediate family status.
      2. Continuous service includes an approved leave of absence, sabbatical leave, sick bank, military and/or FMLA leave.
        1. A resignation or retirement constitutes a “break in service.”
        2. Employees returning to Jordan School District following a break in service will receive a new continuous service date reflecting the date of their return.
        3. District seniority will be based on the new continuous service date.
        4. Prior employment experience with Jordan School District may be taken into consideration for purposes of placement on the salary schedule.
      3. Sick Leave Review Committee
        1. The group organized to review sick bank requests and cases of suspected sick leave abuse.
        2. Shall be composed of at least one of the Human Resource administrators, the Human Resource Generalist, and two members appointed by the president of the licensed employee agent.
        3. Sick Leave Review Committee members must sign a confidentiality agreement to protect employees’ medical information and confidentiality.The sick leave policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:
    2. Sick Leave Accumulations
      1. Sick leave accumulations are based on unused annual leave. See Policy DP335 NEG Annual Leave - Licensed for annual leave details.
      2. Annual leave does not need to be exhausted before sick leave can be used.
      3. Maximum accumulations:
        179 and 187-day contracts (9 month)           180 days
        245-day contracts (12 month)                        240 days
    3. Sick Leave Benefits During Approved Absences
      1. Interruptions of work for sabbatical leave, educational leave, or other authorized leaves shall not be considered a break in continuous service. Should an employee be granted a leave for any reason, he/she will keep his/her number of cumulative sick leave days to be used upon return, but shall not be considered for sick leave during the time of leave.
      2. Employees returning from authorized leaves shall receive accumulated sick leave benefits according to the policy in force at the time the leave began except when the policy is changed as a result of negotiations.
    4. Use of Sick Leave for Critical Family Care
      1. Although sick leave is intended for use by the employee for personal health-related absences, some sick leave may be used for critical family care as described below. Annual leave should be used for non-critical care of an ill family member.
      2. A maximum of fifteen (15) days of sick leave may be used each year to care for a critically ill member of the immediate family or critically ill person residing on a permanent basis in the employee's home.
      3. Use of sick leave for critical family illness must be authorized by the Sick Leave Review Committee. The employee must submit his/her request in writing by applying online via Employee Access.
      4. Employees may not apply for critical family illness benefits until five (5) annual leave days have been used.
      5. If more days are needed, employees who continue to deal with a critical family care (as defined in item D.1. above) may apply to the Sick Leave Review Committee for up to fifteen (15) additional days.
      6. If additional days are granted, the cost of a long-term substitute for each additional day of leave shall be deducted from the educator’s pay.
    5. Use of Sick Leave for Adoption
      1. Employees may use up to a maximum of twenty (20) accumulated sick leave days at the time of actual custody of the child.
      2. Any additional leave must fall under the policy provisions of DP322—Family Medical Leave Act.
    6. Notification of Absence
      1. Employees are required to notify their immediate supervisor as soon as they know that they will be absent from work.
      2. The employee shall record the absence in Skyward at least one hour prior to the start of his/her contract day on the day of the absence. A supervisor may require additional notification.
      3. If a substitute must be hired, the employee shall enter the request into Frontline (formerly known as AESOP) at least one hour prior to the start of his/her contract day on the day of the absence.
      4. Employees may be required to verify the nature and duration of an illness or injury with a doctor’s certificate.
      5. Employees absent in excess of (5) days for the same medical reason may be subject to the parameters of FMLA and may prompt contact with the Human Resource Generalist.
    7. Abuse of Sick Leave
      1. Administrators shall periodically review sick leave usage.
      2. If an abuse of sick leave is suspected, the administrator shall confer with the employee and, if necessary, ask the Sick Leave Review Committee to review the case. Cases will be reviewed according to Administrative Guidelines developed by the Sick Leave Review Committee.
      3. If it is determined that an abuse of sick leave has occurred, the following actions shall be taken:
        1. The sick leave benefits which were paid inappropriately shall be reclaimed from the employee.
        2. The employee shall be suspended for five (5) days without pay during the next pay period.
        3. A reprimand shall be entered in the employee's personnel file.
      4. A second proven abuse of sick leave may result in immediate termination.
    8. Employee-Funded Sick Bank
      1. Employee Participation in the Sick Bank
        1. Employees are automatically enrolled in the sick bank each year through the annual donation of one (1) annual leave day to the sick bank.
        2. Each year, employees wishing to opt out of participation in the sick bank must annually complete the appropriate online form in Employee Access no later than September 1 for current employees and October 1 for first-year employees.
        3. Employees who have been offered a temporary transitional duty assignment due to a work-related injury, who refuse the temporary transitional duty assignment, will not be eligible for Sick Bank.
      2. Use of the Sick Bank
        1. The purpose of the sick bank is to support employees in time of personal medical need. The sick bank is not intended to be used for short-term, in-and-out absences, elective medical procedures or other medical care that could be scheduled during non-contract time.
        2. Medically documented intermittent leave for long-term illness may be approved.
        3. Days from the sick bank shall be granted to eligible employees only after all accrued sick leave and annual leave days have been used.
        4. Employees will be required to sign a release of medical information when making application to the sick bank.
        5. A combination of continuous years of service and accumulated sick leave days shall be used to determine the number of sick bank days which an employee qualifies to receive and any pay loss to be sustained. (Years of service shall be computed in accordance with established guidelines for salary step movement.)
      3. Sick Bank Allowances
        1. First or second year employees shall be allowed up to 10 days from the sick bank at full pay less the cost of the substitute for each day the employee falls below 13 days of accumulated leave at the beginning of the long-term absence
          1. In cases of catastrophic illness or injury, the Sick Leave Review Committee may grant second year employees up to 30 additional days of sick bank after all sick bank days have been exhausted. The cost of a long-term substitute shall be deducted for each additional day used under this option.
        2. Third year employees shall be allowed up to 40 sick bank days at full pay less the cost of the substitute for each day the employee falls below 15 days of accumulated leave at the beginning of the long-term absence.
          1. After all sick bank days allowed according item b. are used, third year employees may be granted up to 40 additional sick bank days if circumstances warrant it. The cost of a long-term substitute shall be deducted for each additional day used under this option.
          2. In cases of catastrophic illness or injury, the Sick Leave Review Committee may grant third year employees sufficient sick bank days to cover their transition to long-term disability after all of the sick bank days provided have been exhausted. The cost of a long-term substitute shall be deducted for each additional day used under this option.
        3. Employees with four or more years of service shall be allowed up to 120 days from the sick bank at full pay less the cost of the substitute for each day the employee falls below 15 days of accumulated leave at the beginning of the long-term absence. (A maximum of 15 days' long-term substitute costs will be deducted.)
      4. Sick Bank Limitations
        1. Prior to granting sick bank days, an employee shall agree in writing to repay compensation at his/her daily rate of pay for sick bank days used or granted if he/she terminates employment with the District for other than medical reasons before completion of the current and succeeding contract year.
        2. The illness/injury must be medically documented with a statement bearing an original signature from the attending physician. The verification of absence form may not be stamped with a physician's signature or signed by the attending nurse, office manager, etc.
        3. A second opinion may be required with any costs not covered by insurance borne by the District.
        4. When an employee requests sick bank days more than once within a 48-month period for an unrelated illness, a three (3)-day loss of pay shall be required before sick bank days are granted. Use of sick bank days shall be limited to 120 days within a 48-month period. The employee will also be required to meet all other qualifying criteria.
        5. Under catastrophic conditions, employees may appeal to the Sick Bank Review Committee for a waiver of pay loss provisions. The Committee shall review the employee's attendance record and other related factors and either grant or deny the waiver based on the findings. No appeal beyond the Sick Bank Review Committee is provided.

  • Effective: 5/15/1979
  • Revision: 5/23/2017
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2014

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that there are times when employees could benefit from a year's leave of absence.  This leave could be used for any purpose which is substantially different from the employee's current job assignment or duties but may not be used to enable an employee to take similar employment with another district, company, organization, etc., within the State of Utah.  A leave of absence of up to one (1) year may be granted upon recommendation of the employee's supervisor and approval by the Human Resources Department.  The Administration is delegated to administer a policy for a one-year leave of absence for education support professionals.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The following administrative policy provisions shall be followed in implementing Board policy:

    1. Requests for a leave of absence must be submitted online through Employee Access at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the anticipated leave.  All requested information must be provided on the online form.  The leave cannot extend beyond one (1) year from the day the leave was granted.
    2. Employees will not receive salary or fringe benefits while on leave of absence.  Health and accident insurance may be purchased through the District under the COBRA option.  The cost will be 102 percent of the established premium rate.
    3. The employee must verbally notify his/her principal or director prior to submitting the online leave request.  The principal or director will be notified by the Human Resources Department upon receipt of the completed leave request.
    4. The employee will be notified in writing of approval or denial of the leave request.  The employee will notify the District in writing 30 days prior to the date he/she intends to return.  The employee will be placed in the first available position for which he/she is qualified and licensed and shall be paid at the level appropriate to that position without loss of seniority and benefits.  An employee returning from a leave will be placed back into an equal position to which he/she was assigned prior to the leave as soon as a position becomes available.
    5. Transportation employees returning from a one-year leave of absence may be placed on the substitute driver list and then bid on the first available position for which he/she is qualified consistent with District policy DA168 NEG—Assignment of Bus Drivers and Bus Attendants.
    6. This leave shall not apply to provisional employees unless for recuperative purposes for illness or injury.
    7. This leave will not be granted in successive years except for illness or injury.
    8. This leave does not provide experience credit for salary placement.

  • Effective: 5/15/1979
  • Revision: 12/12/2017
  • Reviewed: 4/26/13

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that there are times when employees could benefit from a year's leave of absence.  This leave could be used for any purpose which is substantially different from the employee's current job assignment or duties but may not be used to enable an employee to take similar employment with another district, company, organization, etc., within the State of Utah.  A leave of absence of up to one (1) year may be granted upon recommendation of the employee's supervisor and approval by the Human Resources Department.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The following administrative policy provisions shall be followed in implementing Board directive:

    1. Requests for a leave of absence must be submitted on the Request for Leave of Absence form to the immediate supervisor at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the anticipated leave.  All designated information must be provided.  The leave cannot extend beyond one (1) contract year.
    2. Employees will not receive salary or fringe benefits while on leave of absence.  Health and accident insurance may be purchased through the district under the COBRA option.  The cost will be 102 percent of the established premium rate.
    3. The immediate supervisor will recommend approval of the request and submit in writing both his/her recommendation and the employee's request to the Human Resources Department for District approval.
    4. The employee will be notified in writing of approval of the leave and will be invited to the Teacher Transfer Fair
      to seek an available position for which he/she is qualified and licensed.
    5. If the employee is unable to secure a teaching position through the Teacher Transfer Fair or during the transfer
      window, he/she will be placed in the first available position for which he/she is qualified and licensed.
    6. This leave shall not apply to provisional employees in their first and second years of employment, except in cases of illness or injury.
    7. This leave will not be granted in successive years.
    8. On a case by case basis, as determined by the Administrator of Human Resources, an employee may apply to substitute.
    9. This leave does not provide experience credit for salary placement or change from provisional status.

  • Effective: 6/28/1977
  • Revision: 8/11/2020
  • Reviewed: 4/26/13

  1. 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.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Leave of Absence policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Employees shall be discouraged from requesting a personal leave of absence during the school year.
    2. 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 ProfessionalsThe 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.
    3. Leaves of absence granted under this policy shall be without pay except as provided under item H. below.
    4. Contract employees shall not be granted more than fifteen (15) days' leave of absence under this policy in any three-year period.
    5. Nutrition Service employees who are in year-round schools will be granted an additional five (5) non-paid days per year.
    6. 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.
    7. This leave does not negate the other official leave provisions of the Board as listed below:
      1. Adoption
      2. Bereavement
      3. Military
      4. Personal
      5. Released Time (Jury Duty)
      6. Released Time (Professional)
      7. Sick Leave
    8. 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.
      1. Days of paid leave must be used during the contract year and do not accrue from year to year.
      2. Days of paid leave must be approved by the Nutrition Service manager at least five (5) days in advance.
      3. Paid leave days may not be used during the first five (5) or last five (5) days of the school year.
      4. Use of these two (2) paid leave days shall not impact the no absence reimbursement incentive.
      5. Employees who voluntarily transfer from a year-round schedule to a traditional schedule shall forfeit any previously earned paid leave days.
      6. 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.

  • Effective: 6/28/1977
  • Revision: 3/31/2020

  1. Board Directive
    The Board of Education encourages employees to avoid absenteeism and to schedule vacations, trips, and other personal activities at times which 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.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Leave of Absence policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Employees shall be discouraged from requesting a personal leave of absence during the school year.
    2. 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 of Schools.  This 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 DP316 NEG – Orderly Termination Procedures – Licensed.  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.
    3. Leaves of absence granted under this policy shall be without pay.
    4. Contract employees shall not be granted more than fifteen (15) days' leave of absence under this policy in any three-year period.
    5. Extended contract employees shall be granted an additional ten (10) days' leave of absence under this policy in any one-year period.
      1. Extended contract employees who, prior to July 15, declare intent to take up to ten (10) days of unpaid personal leave during the contract year shall have the option of having their contract modified to reflect equal monthly payments.
        1. An Assignment Change form and calendar, signed and dated by the principal, indicating the specific days to be taken as unpaid personal leave must be submitted to the Human Resources Department.
        2. Employees may revise their calendar no more than two times each contract year. To change or delete dates submitted on the original calendar, the following procedures must be used:
          (1) A revised calendar, signed by the principal, must be submitted to the Human Resources Department indicating the change.
          (2) If an emergency arises and the employee must work on a calendared no-pay day, a time sheet and copy of the calendar must be submitted to the Payroll Department with the reason indicated.
      2. Extended contract employees who do not give notice of the intent to take personal leave prior to July 15 shall have the appropriate amount deducted from the next regular paycheck following the absence.
    6. Leave of absence for job share and part-time employees shall be prorated according to the percentage of a full-time contract; e.g., a half-time teacher would receive 15 half days.
    7. 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.
    8. This leave does not negate the other official administrative leave provisions as listed below:
      1. Adoption
      2. Military
      3. Released Time (Jury Duty)
      4. Bereavement
      5. Personal
      6. Released Time (Professional)
      7. Educational
      8. Sabbatical
      9. Sick Leave
    9. 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 must be reported to the employee’s supervisor and recorded in Skyward.

  • Effective: 10/28/1975
  • Revision: 8/11/2020
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2014

  1. Board Directive
    It is the directive of the Board to allow each employee working 30 or more hours per week annual leave time as indicated below and authorizes the Administration to implement policy regarding annual leave for education support professionals.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Annual Leave Policy shall be administered in accordance with the following administrative policy provisions at no cost to the employee:

    Continuous Service Days Per Year
    Years 1 through 5 9 days per year
    Years 6 through 10 13 days per year
    Years 11 through 15 14 days per year
    Years 16 and beyond 15 days per year
      1. Continuous service includes an approved leave of absence, sick bank, military and/or FMLA leave.
      2. A resignation or retirement constitutes a “break in service.”
      3. Employees returning to Jordan School District following a break in service will receive a new continuous service date reflecting the date of their return.
      4. District seniority will be based on the new continuous service date.
    1. Employees hired after a contract year has started shall receive annual leave benefits on a prorated basis for the remainder of that year.
    2. Unused annual leave will convert to sick leave at the end of the contract year and will accumulate to provide additional leave for personal health-related absences.
    3. The following provisions must be followed:
      1. Effective July 1, 2020, Personal Leave and Sick Leave allocations were combined into the new Annual Leave allocation with no future allocations toward the old Personal Leave. However, accumulated unused Personal Leave remains available for employee use. An employee may not use more than five (5) accumulated Personal Leave days in any contract year. The remaining policy provisions below apply whether the leave is Annual Leave or accumulated Personal Leave.
      2. Employees need supervisor permission to take more than five days annual leave in a row. For health-related absences, see DP322 - Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
      3. Except in unusual circumstances, prior notification must be given to the immediate supervisor at least one (1) day in advance.
      4. Annual leave may be taken the day before or after a school holiday for the following specific reasons:
        1. Observance of religious holidays which fall on a regularly scheduled work day.
        2. Family weddings of near relatives including children, father, mother, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, grandparents, or the same to one's spouse or any other person who is a member of the same household as the employee.
        3. Graduations of near relatives as defined in "2." above.
        4. Required court appearances.
        5. Deaths not covered by DP330B—Bereavement Policy.
        6. Conferences and conventions which relate to the individual employee's work assignment and are not covered by DP339 – Released Time - Professional.
        7. To attend to personal or business matters which require the employee’s attendance and scheduling is beyond the employee’s control.
        8. First year employees who notify their supervisor in writing that they are ill.
      5. Annual leave may be taken the day before or after a school holiday for other reasons under the following stipulations:
        1. Based upon a maximum of one annual day for each 100 employees, not to be less than nine (9), annual leave shall be granted the day before or after a school holiday without being required to pay the equivalent of 40 percent of the employee’s daily rate, provided the request is filed with the Human Resources Department at least 35 calendar days but not more than 45 calendar days before the holiday.
        2. On the first working day after the application deadline, numbers will be randomly generated which will identify those employees authorized to take annual leave. Written notification will be sent to all applicants.
        3. Employees shall not be considered for paid annual leave the day before or after a school holiday more than once during any contract year.
        4. Employees who have not registered prior to the deadline will not be allowed to fill unused slots.
        5. Education support professionals who request an annual leave day on the day before or after a school holiday, but who are not among the first qualified applicants shall be required to pay the equivalent of 40 percent of the employee's daily rate and apply for the leave at least five (5) working days in advance.
      6. Annual leave shall not be taken during the first five (5) days and last five (5) days that students are in school except under the following conditions:
        1. To attend the wedding of a near relative including child, father, mother, brother, sister, grandchild, grandparents or same to one’s spouse or any other person who is a member of the same household as the employee.
        2. To attend to personal or business matters which require the employee’s attendance and scheduling is beyond the employee’s control.
        3. First year employees who notify their supervisor in writing that they are ill.
      7. Annual leave days may not be used to pursue other employment.
      8. Annual leave days may not be used on make-up days as the result of employee job action.

  • Effective: 10/28/1975
  • Revision: 8/11/2020
  • Reviewed: 4/26/2013

  1. Board Directive
    It is the policy of the Board to allow each licensed employee, working 20 hours or more per week, annual leave time as indicated below.
  2. Administrative Policy

The Annual Leave Policy shall be administered in accordance with the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Employees shall be allowed annual leave in accordance to the following schedule at no cost to the employee.   
Continuous Service Days per year
Years 1 through 5 12 days per year 
Years 6 through 10 13 days per year 
Years 11 through 15 14 days per year
Years 16 and beyond 15 days per year 

 

    1. Continuous service includes an approved leave of absence, sabbatical leave, sick bank, military and/or FMLA leave.   
    2. A resignation or retirement constitutes a “break in service.”   
    3. Employees returning to Jordan School District following a break in service will receive a new continuous service date reflecting the date of their return.   
    4. District seniority will be based on the new continuous service date.
  1. Employees hired after a contract year has started shall receive annual leave benefits on a prorated basis for the remainder of that year.   
    1. Employees hired after a contract year has started shall receive annual leave benefits on a prorated basis for the remainder of that year.  (For example, an employee who is on contract for 50 percent of the contract year would be eligible to receive 50 percent or six (6) days of a 12-day annual leave allowance.)  
    2. When calculating annual leave allowances in subsequent years, employees shall be awarded a full year of service for the first partial year of employment if their hire date is prior to January 1.  If their hire date is after January 1, no service shall be awarded for the first partial year of employment.
  2. Unused annual leave will convert to sick leave at the end of the contract year and will accumulate to provide additional leave for personal health-related absences. 
  3. The following policy provisions must be followed:   
    1. Effective July 1, 2020, Personal Leave and Sick Leave allocations were combined into the new Annual Leave allocation with no future allocations toward the old Personal Leave. However, accumulated unused Personal Leave remains available for employee use. An employee may not use more than five (5) accumulated Personal Leave days in any contract year. The remaining policy provisions below apply whether the leave is Annual Leave or accumulated Personal Leave. 
    2. Employees need principal permission to take more than five days annual leave in a row.  For health-related absences, see DP322 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  
    3. Except in unusual circumstances, prior notification must be given to the immediate supervisor at least one (1) day in advance. 
    4. Annual leave may be taken the day before or after a school holiday for the following specific reasons: 
      1. Observance of religious holidays which fall on a regularly scheduled school calendar workday. 
      2. Family weddings of near relatives including children, father, mother, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, grandparents, or the same to one's spouse or any other person who is a member of the same household as the employee. 
      3. Graduations of near relatives as defined in "b." above. 
      4. Required court appearances, 
      5. Deaths not covered by DP330 NEG Bereavement Leave - Licensed. 
      6. Conferences and conventions which relate to the individual employee's work assignment and are not covered by policy DP339 – Released Time—Professional. 
      7. To attend to personal or business matters which require the employee’s attendance and scheduling is beyond the employee’s control. 
      8. First year employees who notify their supervisor in writing that they are ill. 
    5. Annual leave may be taken the day before or after a school holiday for other reasons under the following stipulations: 
      1. Based upon a maximum of one annual leave day for each 100 employees, annual leave shall be granted the day before or after a school holiday without being required to pay the cost of a long-term substitute provided the request is filed with the Human Resources Department at least 35 calendar days but not more than 45 calendar days before the holiday. 
      2. On the first working day after the application deadline, numbers will be randomly generated which will identify those employees authorized to take annual leave without being required to pay the cost of a long-term substitute teacher.  Written notification will be sent to all applicants. 
      3. Employees shall not be considered for paid annual leave the day before or after a school holiday more than once during any contract year. 
      4. Employees who have not registered prior to the deadline will not be allowed to fill unused slots. 
      5. Licensed employees who do not qualify for the window but request an annual leave day must notify their principal five (5) working days prior to the date.  Employees shall be required to pay the cost of a long-term substitute. 
    6. Annual leave shall not be taken during the first five days and last five days that students are in school except under the following conditions: 
      1. To attend the wedding of a near relative including child, father, mother, brother, sister, grandchild, grandparent or the same to one's spouse or any other person who is a member of the same household as the employee. 
      2. To attend to personal or business matters which require the employee's attendance and scheduling is beyond the employee's control. 
      3. First year employees who notify their supervisor in writing that they are ill. 
    7. Teachers may not take annual leave days during the four (4) days of contract time not involving students but may, through correlation with the principal, arrange to exchange one of these days for another non-contract day. 
    8. Annual leave days may not be used during parent/teacher conferences.   
    9. Annual leave days may not be used to pursue other employment. 
    10. Annual leave days may not be used on make-up days as the result of employee job action. 

  • Effective: 6/13/1972
  • Revision: 8/11/2020
  • Reviewed: 4/26/13

  1. Board Directive
    It is the directive of the Board to authorize paid sick leave for education support professionals who work 30 hours per week or more and to comply with requirements of Public Law 103-3, Family and Medical Leave Act.  The Board delegates to the Administration responsibility for establishing policy for sick leave and family leave benefits. If additional leave is needed beyond what is covered in this policy, refer to DP322—Family Medical Leave Act.
  2. Administrative Policy

    1. Definitions
      1. Immediate family is defined as husband, wife, daughter, son, father, mother, brother, sister, or other person residing in the employee’s home on a permanent basis. Special circumstances may be appealed to the Sick Leave Review Committee for consideration of immediate family status.
      2. Continuous service includes an approved leave of absence, sabbatical leave, sick bank, military and/or FMLA leave.
        1. If an employee resigns his/her position in the District and then returns, he/she must start over on years of service and sick leave accumulation.
      3. Sick Leave Review Committee
        1. A Sick Leave Review Committee, composed of the Human Resources administrator for education support professionals, one other member of the Human Resources Department and two members of the employee agent group, shall be appointed to administer use of the sick bank. The Human Resources administrator for education support professionals shall serve as the chairperson. If one of the employee agent group members cannot be in attendance, an alternative representative will be requested by the employee agent group president.
        2. The Committee shall review all sick bank requests and rule on sick bank usage. The unused sick bank days shall be reported to the Committee on a quarterly basis.
        3. The Human Resources administrator for education support professionals shall make available to the Committee all the information that is submitted with an employee’s sick bank request.
        4. Minutes of all Sick Leave Bank Committee meetings shall be recorded and made available to all Committee members.The sick leave policy shall be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions.
    2. Sick Leave Accumulations
      1. Sick leave accumulations are based on unused annual leave. See Policy DP335B NEG Annual Leave – Education Support Professionals for annual leave details.
      2. Annual leave does not need to be exhausted before sick leave can be used.
      3. Maximum accumulations:

        9-Month Employees
        : (Includes all bus drivers and attendants)
        Maximum sick leave accumulation 180 days
        10-Month Employees
        :
        Maximum sick leave accumulation 200 days
        11-Month Employees:
        Maximum sick leave accumulation 220 days12-Month Employees:
        Maximum sick leave accumulation 240 days
    3. Sick Leave Benefits During Approved Absences
      Should an employee be granted a leave for any reason, he/she will keep his/her number of cumulative sick leave days to be used upon return, but shall not be considered for sick leave during the time of leave.
    4. Use of Sick Leave for Critical Family Care
      1. Although sick leave is intended for use by the employee for personal health-related absences, some sick leave may be used for critical family care as described below. Annual leave should be used for non-critical care of an ill family member.
      2. A maximum of twelve (12) days of sick leave may be used each year to care for a critically ill member of the employee’s immediate family, as defined above.
      3. Use of sick leave for critical family illness must be authorized by the Sick Leave Review Committee. The employee must submit his/her request electronically by applying online via Employee Access.
      4. Employees may not apply for critical family care benefits until five (5) annual leave days have been used.
      5. In cases of extended critical care, employees may apply for additional days beyond the twelve (12) day allowance.
        1. If more days are needed, employees who continue to deal with a critical family care (as defined in item D.1. above) may apply to the Sick Leave Review Committee for up to three (3) additional days.
        2. If additional days are granted, 40% of the employee’s daily rate for each additional day of leave shall be deducted from the employee’s pay.
    5. Use of Sick Leave for Adoption
      1. An employee who adopts a child must apply for critical family care days by submitting his/her request electronically to the Sick Leave Review Committee by applying online via Employee Access.
      2. Employees may use up to a maximum of twenty (20) accumulated sick leave days at the time actual custody of the child is received. An employee shall not exceed a total of twenty (20) days of leave time, including the use of accrued personal leave days.
      3. Any additional leave must fall under the provisions of DP322—Family Medical Leave Act.
    6. Notification of Absence
      1.  Absences due to illness are to be reported to the appropriate office or individual as soon as possible.
      2. The Administration may require a doctor's certificate without regard to the number of sick leave days claimed at any one time.
      3. Employees absent for more than five (5) consecutive days shall apply for FMLA within the policy provisions of DP322—Family Medical Leave Act.
      4. Elective surgery shall be scheduled to minimize the time off work.
      5. The employee shall record the absence in Skyward at least one hour prior to the start of his/her contract day or the day of the absence. A supervisor may require additional information.
    7. Abuse of Sick Leave
      1. If an immediate supervisor suspects that an employee has misused his/her sick leave benefit as established by this policy, the immediate supervisor shall conference with the employee.
      2. If it is determined that the employee has misused his/her sick leave the immediate supervisor will forward a written explanation of the abuse to the Administrator of Human Resources or his/her designee and an investigation shall be conducted.
      3. If the investigation of sick leave abuse proves to be true, the following policy provisions will be in effect:
        1. Salary received for those unauthorized days shall be reclaimed.
        2. There shall be a five-day (5) suspension without pay. The principal/director will determine when this suspension will be implemented to cause the least disruption to the school/department and students.
        3. Disciplinary actions taken, up to and including termination of employment shall be entered in the employee's personnel file.
    8. Employee-Funded Sick Bank
      1. Employee Participation in the Sick Bank
        1. Employees are automatically enrolled in the sick bank each year through the annual donation of one (1) annual leave day to the sick bank.
        2. Each year, employees wishing to opt out of participation in the sick bank must annually complete the appropriate online form in Employee Access no later than September 1 for current employees and October 1 for first-year employees.
        3. Employees who have been offered a temporary transitional duty assignment due to a work-related injury, who refuse the temporary transitional duty assignment, will not be eligible for sick bank.
        4. Non-contracted employees shall not be eligible for the sick bank.
      2. Use of the Sick Bank
        1. The sick bank is not intended to be used for in-and-out absences, elective medical procedures or other medical care that could be scheduled during non-contract time.
        2. Employees shall complete an official request for sick bank leave online via Employee Access.
        3. Employees shall complete a release of medical information form to allow the members of the Sick Leave Review Committee to review any medical documentation that they provide with the request for sick bank leave.
        4. Employees shall be required to complete a release of information form to allow the Sick Bank Committee to review their official District personnel file, if the need should arise.
        5. Before an employee is eligible to apply for sick bank leave, the following criteria must be met for each qualifying medical condition. The employee must have:
          1. applied for FMLA (which will run concurrently with any sick bank leave usage); and
          2. exhausted all accrued sick leave days, annual leave days (up to a maximum of five (5) days), vacation days; and
          3. missed a minimum of fifteen (15) work days (any days from #1 and #2 above and/or no-pay days qualify for meeting this requirement).
        6. An employee shall be required to provide the Sick Leave Review Committee with updated information regarding his/her condition every 30 days after the approval of the sick bank leave benefits. Continuation of the sick bank leave shall be contingent upon the information contained in the update.
      3. Sick Bank Allowances
        Employees who are considered “Provisional” as defined in DP314 — Provisional and Probationary Education Support Professionals as of July 1 are not eligible for sick bank benefits that year. An employee’s continuous contracted service as of July 1 will determine his/her sick bank eligibility for that year. Sick leave days per year are based on the following:1 - 3 years of service are eligible for up to 15 sick bank days
        4 - 7 years of service are eligible for up to 30 sick bank days
        8 - 11 years of service are eligible for up to 60 sick bank days
        12 years of service and above are eligible for up to 120 sick bank days
      4. Employee Funded Sick Leave Bank Limitations
        1. The illness/injury must be medically documented with a statement bearing an original signature from the attending physician. The verification of absence form may not be stamped with a physician’s signature or signed by the attending nurse, office manager, etc.
        2. A second opinion may be required with any costs not covered by insurance borne by the District.
        3. Prior to granting sick bank leave, an employee shall acknowledge and agree in the online application to repay the sick bank any unused vacation days for sick bank days used or granted before transitioning to long-term disability.
        4. Prior to granting sick bank days an employee shall acknowledge and agree in the online application to repay compensation at his/her daily rate of pay for sick bank days used or granted if he/she terminates employment with the District for other than medical reasons before completion of the current and succeeding contract year. The purpose of said funds would be to purchase days
          for the sick bank.
        5. No employee shall draw more than 120 days from the sick leave bank during a three-year period.
        6. No employee shall take vacation days within 15 working days after drawing upon the sick bank.
        7. No employee shall accrue leave days, i.e., annual leave or vacation while drawing upon the sick bank.
        8. After 180 calendar days, including summer months, sick leave benefits from District sources shall terminate and employees shall transition to long term disability according to the provisions of policy DP317 — Long-Term Disability Insurance.
        9. No appeal beyond the Sick Leave Review Committee is provided.
        10. If all days in the sick bank are exhausted prior to July 1, no additional days will be granted for the remainder of the current contract year.

  • Effective: 2/10/1970
  • Revision: 5/28/2019
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2015

  1. Board Directive
    It is the directive of the Board to allow employees who qualify for benefits to receive released time with pay for bereavement in the case of the death of a member of the immediate family.  The Board delegates the responsibility for implementing policy regarding bereavement leave for education support professionals.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Bereavement Leave Policy shall be administered in accordance with the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Employees shall be granted up to eight (8) days absence without pay deduction in the event of the death of a spouse, daughter, son, step-daughter or step-son.  This would also include any other person residing in the home who may have assumed the role of daughter or son.
    2. Employees shall be granted up to three (3) days absence without pay deduction in the event of the death of the employee's or spouse's parent, step-parent, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, grandchild, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or other person residing in the employee's home.  Verification of family relationship may be requested.
    3. A maximum of two (2) additional days may be granted if travel time is needed.  Travel must be in excess of 350 miles (one way) to qualify for additional days. An immediate supervisor shall request travel verification information from an employee.
    4. Bereavement Leave is provided only for the death of individuals listed under items A. and B. and must be taken within fourteen (14) calendar days of the individual's death.  Exceptions require verification and Cabinet approval. Employees who request to take additional leave days or who need to miss work because of the death of an individual not covered in this policy should refer to DP335B NEG —Personal Leave.
    5. Bereavement leave for part-time employees shall be prorated according to the percentage of a full-time contract; e.g., an employee on a 30-hour  contract would be eligible for eight (8) six- (6) hour days for the death of individuals listed in items A. and B.
    6. If the death of an employee's parent results in the loss of the only remaining parent, up to three (3) days may be taken to deal with estate issues.  The three (3) additional days must be taken within one (1) calendar year of the parent's death.
    7. Employees shall enter their bereavement leave absence in Employee Access and in Absence Management (formerly known as AESOP), if a substitute is needed.  Bereavement leave requests should include the relationship to the deceased, date of death and location of service.

Review History: 6/14/2005, 7/12/2011, 4/26/2013, 6/10/14
Revision history:  7/12/2011, 5/23/2017