5.250 - Leaves of Absence

Leaves of Absence

Sick and Bereavement Leave, Professional Leave/Travel, Personal Leave, Maternity/Parental Leave, Overseas Teaching Leave, Exchange Teaching Leave, Educational Leave, Personal Illness Leave, Jury Duty, and Policies Governing Leaves that are Granted for One Semester or Longer, Leaves of Absence Without Pay.

Please refer to the “Current Agreement Between the School Board of Consolidated High School District 230 and The District No. 230 Teachers’ Association.”

In addition:

The School Board may require a physician’s certificate from a physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician that authorizes the advanced practice nurse to perform health examinations, a physician assistant who has been delegated the authority by his or her supervising physician to perform health examinations, or if the treatment is by prayer or spiritual means, that of a spiritual adviser or practitioner of such person’s faith, as a condition for paying sick leave after 3 days’ absence for personal illness, or as it deems necessary in other cases.

Child Bereavement Leave

State law allows a maximum of 10 unpaid work days for eligible employees (Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 20 U.S.C. §2601 et seq.) to take child bereavement leave. The purpose, requirements, scheduling, and all other terms of the leave are governed by the Child Bereavement Leave Act. Child bereavement leave allows for: (1) attendance by the bereaved staff member at the funeral or alternative to a funeral of his or her child, (2) making arrangements necessitated by the death of the staff member’s child, or (3) grieving the death of the staff member’s child, without any adverse employment action.

The leave must be completed within 60 days after the date on which the employee received notice of the death of his or her child. However, in the event of the death of more than one child in a 12-month period, an employee is entitled to up to a total of six weeks of bereavement leave during the 12-month period, subject to certain restrictions under State and federal law. Other existing forms of leave may be substituted for the leave provided in the Child Bereavement Leave Act. This policy does not create any right for an employee to take child bereavement leave that is inconsistent with the Child Bereavement Leave Act.


Leave to Serve as an Election Judge

Any staff member who was appointed to serve as an election judge under State Law may, after giving at least 20-days’ written notice to the District, be absent without pay for the purpose of serving as an election judge.  The staff member is not required to use any form of paid leave to serve as an election judge.  No more than 10% of the District’s employees may be absent to serve as election judges on the same Election Day.

Leaves for Service in the Military

Leaves for service in the U.S. Armed Services or any of its reserve components and the National Guard, as well as re-employment rights, will be granted in accordance with State and federal law.  A professional staff member hired to replace one in military service does not acquire tenure.

General Assembly

Leaves for service in the General Assembly, as well as re-employment rights, will be granted in accordance with State and Federal law.  A professional staff member hired to replace one in the General Assembly does not acquire tenure.

Leave for Employment in Department of Defense

The School Board may grant teachers a leave of absence to accept employment in a Department of Defense overseas school.

School Visitation Leave

An eligible professional staff member is entitled to 8 hours during any school year, no more than 4 hours of which may be taken on any given day, to attend school conferences or classroom activities related to the teacher’s child, if the conference or activity cannot be scheduled during non-work hours.  Professional staff members must first use all accrued vacation leave, personal leave, compensatory leave, and any other leave that may be granted to the professional staff member, except sick and disability leave.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative procedures implementing this policy consistent with the School Visitation Rights Act.

Leaves for Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence

Any professional staff member may take an unpaid leave from work who: (1) is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, or (2) has a family, or household member who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence whose interests are not adverse to the employee as it related to the domestic or sexual violence.  The unpaid leave allows the employee to seek medical help, legal assistance, counseling, safety planning, and other assistance without suffering adverse employment action.

The Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act governs the purpose, requirements, scheduling, and continuity of benefits, and all other terms of the leave.  Accordingly, an employee is entitled to a total of 12 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period.  Neither the law nor this policy creates a right for an employee to take unpaid leave that exceeds the unpaid leave time allowed under, or is in addition to the unpaid leave time permitted by, the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq.).

Other Leaves

Upon request, the School Board will grant: (1) an unpaid leave of absence to a teacher who is elected to serve as an officer of a State or National teacher organization that represents teachers in collective bargaining negotiations, (2) 20 days of paid leave of absence per year to a trustee of the Teachers’ Retirement System to attend meetings and seminars as described in 105 ILCS 5/24-6.3, and (3) a paid leave of absence for the local association president of a State teacher association that is an exclusive bargaining agent in the District, or his or her designee, to attend meetings, workshops, or seminars as described in 105 ILCS 5/24-6.2.

LEGAL REF.:  10 ILCS 5/13-2.5

20 ILCS 1805/30.1 et seq.

820 ILCS 154/.

                        105 ILCS 5/24-6, 5/24-6.1, 5/24-6.2, 5/24-6.3, 5/24-13, and 5/24-13.1.

                        820 ILCS 147/1 et seq. and 180/1 et seq.              

CROSS REF.: 5:180, 5:185, 5:330

ADOPTED:     October 4, 1999

REVISED:       January 27, 2003; March 25, 2004; January 26, 2006; February 26, 2015; December 22, 2016

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