CURRENTLY: Article 16 – LEAVES
Article 16 section 9. A teacher on regular appointment who has exhausted his/her cumulative sick leave may borrow up to 20 days of additional sick leave. However, in order to assure that borrowed sick leave is repaid, the employee may be required to sign an appropriate
document prepared by the Board acknowledging a legal obligation to repay upon the cessation of service. For purposes of this provision “cessation of service” shall mean resignation, retirement, termination for cause or death.
If you are a regularly appointed female staff member, you are also entitled to a paid leave of absence (using the days in your sick bank, called Cumulative Absence Reserve, or CAR) or unpaid leave (if you have no sick time). This maternity leave of absence will run concurrently with your FMLA leave for the first 12 weeks.
A maternity leave of absence can begin in your ninth month — or earlier, with medical documentation (restoration of health leave) — and continues during your recuperation period, which is six weeks after your baby’s birth in a routine pregnancy and eight weeks with a C-section with medical documentation.
If you choose to extend your leave of absence beyond 12 weeks, you can apply for a contractual child care leave. The DOE, however, is under no obligation to approve taking you back in the middle of a term.
Either parent can apply for a contractual child care leave, though you and your spouse cannot take a child care leave at the same time if you are both DOE employees.
This unpaid leave, which does not include health benefits, begins after the six- or eight-week recuperation period and can last for up to four years — through the first day of the school year following your child’s 4th birthday. Your school secretary can give you the necessary forms to fill out or you can download the forms from the DOE’s website.
During a maternity leave, you must use the days in your sick bank if you have them. To extend your paid leave, pedagogues can also borrow up to 20 sick days; paraprofessionals can borrow up to 10 sick days.
Pedagogues also are entitled to a “calendar month” grace period, which pays you for all weekends and holidays for the calendar month following the exhaustion of the days in your sick bank and/or your borrowed days. The advantage of borrowing days and using the grace period is that since you remain on payroll, those days count toward your pension, seniority and pro-rata summer vacation pay, and it also keeps your health benefits intact.
Additionally, members may be entitled to four months of Special Leave of Absence Coverage (SLOAC). Please be aware that to be eligible for SLOAC, you must exhaust your CAR and end your borrowed days and grace period at least one day before the baby turns 6 weeks old (in a routine pregnancy) or 8 weeks old (with a documented C-section).
Your payroll secretary can advise you as to how many days you have in your sick bank. You must apply for your leave of absence on the DOE’s online SOLAS system. For questions, visit frequently asked questions about the SOLAS system.
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