Policy 410.06

Certificated Employee Unpaid Leave

Unpaid leave is generally discouraged except in cases of extreme need or for the purposes stated in the Family Medical Leave Act (Policy 410.03). Requests for unpaid leave for certificated employees must be submitted to the superintendent in writing. The superintendent shall have complete discretion to grant or deny the requested unpaid leave. In making this determination, the superintendent shall consider the effect of the employee’s absence on the education program and school district operations, length of service, previous record of absence, the financial condition of the school district, the reason for the requested absence and other factors the superintendent believes are relevant to making this determination.

Any unused personal leave days must be applied to such absences before unpaid leave is used.

If unpaid leave is granted, the duration of the leave period shall be coordinated with the scheduling of the education program whenever possible to minimize the disruption of the education program and school district operations.

If the unpaid leave is granted, the deductions in salary shall be made from the certificated employee’s next paycheck.

Proposed: January 9, 2006
Adopted: February 13, 2006