5:250 Leaves of Absence
Sick, Bereavement, Child Bereavement, Sabbatical, Personal, Child-Rearing, Job-Sharing, Sick Leave Bank Leave of Absence without Pay, and Association Leaves
Where appropriate, the Board of Education may grant these categories of leave.
Please refer to the current “Negotiated Agreement between the Board of Education and Batavia Education Association.”
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.
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 or in the General Assembly does not acquire tenure.
Leave for Employment in Department of Defense
The Board of Education 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
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.).
The School Board may grant a leave of absence without pay for a school year or any part thereof for approved travel by a staff member.
Written request must be submitted to the School Board prior to April 1 preceding the year of requested absence, or 90 days prior to an absence of less than a year.
Staff members granted a leave of absence will return to duty at the salary attained at the time the leave began. While no assurance may be given that they will return to the identical assignment, the assignment given them will be comparable. Upon their return, employees granted extended leave will be credited with the unused sick leave they have previously accumulated.
Leaves to Serve as an Officer or Trustee of a Specific Organization
Upon request, the Board of Education 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.
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 service as an election judge. The staff member is not required to use any form of paid leave to serve as an election judge. Nor more than 10% of the District’s employees may be absent to serve as election judges on the same election day.
Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, P.A. 93-591.
Date Adopted: December 15, 2009
Date Amended: February 24, 2015
Date Amended: June 20, 2017