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.

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 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 behavioral meetings or academic meetings related to the teacher’s child, if the conference or meeting 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 Violence, Sexual Violence, Gender Violence or Other Crime of 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, sexual violence, gender violence or any other crime of violence,  or (2) has a family or household member who is a victim of such violence whose interests are not adverse to the employee as it relates to the domestic violence, sexual violence, gender violence or any other crime of violence.  The unpaid leave allows the employee to see 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.).

Travel Leave

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.

Cross Reference: 

5:180 Temporary Illness or Temporary Incapacity

5:185 Family and Medical Leave

5:330 Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays, and Leaves

Legal Reference(s): 

10 ILCS 5/13-2.5

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.

330 ILCS 61/, Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

820 ILCS 147/, School Visitation Rights Act.

820 ILCS 154/, Child Bereavement Leave Act.

820 ILCS 180/, Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act.

Date Adopted:  December 15, 2009

Date Amended: February 24, 2015

Date Amended:  June 20, 2017

Date Amended:  January 21, 2020

Date Amended:  January 25, 2022