Hardship Leave Policy

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    "After all available state and local leave days have been exhausted, a full-time employee shall be granted in a school year a maximum of 20 leave days of hardship leave to be used in accordance with the following: 

    • A maximum of 20 leave days of hardship leave may be used in a school year for the employee’s own personal illness or injury, including pregnancy-related illness or injury.
    • A maximum of 20 leave days of hardship leave may be used in a school year for absences related to the adoption of a child or placement of a foster child. If both spouses are employed by the District, the District shall limit their use of hardship leave for adoption or placement of a child to a combined total of 20 leave days of hardship leave.
    • A maximum of ten leave days of hardship leave may be used in a school year for absences related to the illness or injury of the employee’s spouse, parent, or child.
    • A maximum of five leave days of hardship leave may be used in a school year for the death of the employee’s spouse, parent, or child.

     

    To be eligible for hardship leave, the employee shall have worked at least 18 workdays during the school year.

     

    A written request for hardship leave must be submitted to the HRS/benefits department for approval no later than 60 days after the date of the absence and must be accompanied by medical certification if related to an illness or injury.

     

    The average daily rate of pay of a substitute for the employee’s position shall be deducted for each day of extended sick leave taken, whether or not a substitute is employed."