COVID Leave

  • At the September 28, 2021 Board meeting, the Board of Education approved a leave option for district employees who may need to take time off from work due to COVID-19. Developed in direct response to staff feedback, this new eight-day COVID leave option will minimize the impact any required quarantine or caretaking responsibilities has on your existing leave. 

    Thanks to close partnership between the Collaborative Team for Teacher Negotiations (CTTN), our Finance and Human Resources Departments, this targeted leave will be available to employees immediately. Please see a few additional details below:  

     

    COVID Leave:  

    • Provides up to eight days of leave, in addition to the regular leave provided by your position 
      • Eight days will provide full coverage in the event of a full ten-day quarantine period (including a weekend). 
    • Is available as follows: 
      • Full-time employees may receive up to eight days of leave. Part-time employees will be eligible for leave based on prorated schedules. Substitute employees are not eligible. 
    • May be used in the following situations:   
      • You are subject to a federal, state or local COVID-19 quarantine requirement or have been advised by the district to stay home from school/work due to COVID-19. 
      • You need to care for a spouse, child, or parent who must stay home from school/work due to COVID-19. 
      • You have tested positive for COVID-19. 
    • Is not dependent on vaccination status 
    • Requires documentation from school or healthcare provider 

     

    COVID Leave will be available through June 30, 2022. Please note that this leave option is also retroactive to July 1, 2021. If you have taken leave already this year due to COVID-19, the district will make corrections to your leave accruals in Kronos, as appropriate. Further communications will be sent as soon as possible to those who are directly impacted.  

     In addition, should you require more than eight days of leave for any COVID-19-related issue, the district will first utilize any compensatory time, then banked CAPL (Carryover Approved Paid Leave) to extend your leave. If CAPL is exhausted, you would then be required to use regular APL (Approved Paid Leave). 

    Some positions will be eligible to work from home in the event of a positive test or quarantine requirement. This includes all certified staff, such as teachers, therapists and related services providers. School Community Resource Specialists and some additional classified staff members may also be eligible to work from home; this will be determined on a case-by-case basis. COVID leave would not be utilized while working from home.   

    Just as was our practice last year, HR and your supervisor will make the final decision on your work from home status. This will be communicated via district email from HR. Please contact your direct supervisor if you have any COVID-19-related concerns that may affect your ability to work from home.  

    Thank you to our Board of Education, CTTN, our Finance and Human Resources teams for their work in ensuring that this new option is available. As always, should you have questions, please feel free to contact your supervisor or Dr. Jenni Gaddie, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources.