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Leaves of Absence

5:250 Leaves of Absence

Sick and Bereavement Leave
Please refer to the current “Agreement for Negotiations between the Board of Education, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, Will and Kendall Counties, and the Association of Plainfield Teachers.”

Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leave may be granted in accordance with The School Code.

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.  

Personal Leave 
Please refer to the current “Agreement for Negotiations between the Board of Education, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, Will and Kendall Counties, and the Association of Plainfield Teachers.”

Leave of Absence without Pay 
The Board of Education may grant a leave of absence without pay to professional staff members who have rendered satisfactory service and desire to return to employment in a similar capacity at a time as determined by the Board of Education.

Each leave of absence shall be of the shortest possible duration required to meet the leave's purpose consistent with a reasonable continuity of instruction for students.

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.

Child-Rearing Leave
Please refer to the current “Agreement for Negotiations between the Board of Education, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, Will and Kendall Counties, and the Association of Plainfield Teachers.”

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 Leave
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 military service or in the General Assembly does not acquire tenure.

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 personal leave, accrued vacation 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
An unpaid leave from work is available to any staff member 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 relates 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, if the District employs at least 50 employees, an employee is entitled to a total of 12 work weeks of unpaid 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
The Board of Education will grant a leave of absence to the Association president and trustees of the Teachers' Retirement System as required by Sections 24-6.2 and 24-6.3 of The School Code.

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/ and 180

CROSS REF.:  5:180 (Temporary Illness or Temporary Incapacity), 5:185 (Family and Medical Leave), 5:330 (Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays, and Leaves)

ADOPTED:  November 22, 2004

REVISED:  February 22, 2010
                   May 26, 2015
                   September 28, 2015
                   January 23, 2017