A. Sick Leave
The Board will grant twelve (12) sick leave days per year. Up to Three (3) sick days may be converted to emergency or personal days per year. Personal days are for personal business that cannot be conducted outside the school day. Professional staff hired on or before June 11, 2013 may accumulate up to one hundred ten (110) sick leave days. Professional staff hired after June 11, 2013 may accumulate up to sixty (60) unused sick leave days.
Sick leave is understood to be absences due to personal illness or medical appointments. Sick leave may also be used for the illness or medical appointments of the employee's children under the age of 18 or who are still in high school. Leave for the serious health conditions of parents, spouses and children not otherwise covered by this policy (those children who are 18 or older and who are not still in high school) is limited to the leave allowed under the Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Acts. A rolling 12 month calendar will be used for calculating leave allowed under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act. "Parent" means a biological parent or a person who stood in loco parentis to the employee when employee was under eighteen years of age. Sick leave for anyone other than the employee or immediate family is at the discretion of the Administration.
Professional staff may start the school year with their accumulated sick leave days and still be eligible for twelve (12) that year.
Any teacher taking leave must fill out an absentee form and submit it to the District Administrator or Principal stating the reason for their absence
The District will provide Professional Staff with access to an electronic record of their sick day accumulation.
The District may require a physician statement at any time, to substantiate the illness if sick leave benefit abuse is suspected.
Sick and personal leave days may not be used immediately before or after a holiday or vacation. Exceptions to this rule are: 1) a doctor's statement or 2) administrative approval
B. Maternity Leave
The Board requires notification of pregnancy at least four (4) months before the expected delivery date. Leave will be granted with Physician's certification of pregnancy.
Professional staff will be allowed to use accrued sick leave limited to the time period when a physician certifies the staff member is unable to work due to pregnancy. The District will comply with the Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Acts.
Before returning to work, staff must have a physician's certification of physical fitness.
Employment rights will be terminated when the staff member elects not to return to work on completion of maternity leave, or elects not to request child rearing leave.
C. Child Rearing Leave
The District will comply with the provisions of the Wisconsin and Federal Family and Medical Leave Acts. Employees eligible for leave under the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act may substitute any other paid or unpaid leave which has accrued to the employee. Employees who are eligible for leave under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act who have used up any leave they were entitled to under the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act may substitute any accrued personal leave.
When requesting family leave under the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act the employee shall, in a reasonable and practicable manner, give the District advance notice of the expected birth or adoption.
When requesting family leave under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, the employee shall give the district at least 30 days advanced notice of the expected birth or adoption.
Employment rights will be terminated when the teacher elects not to return to work after completion of this leave.
D. Sabbatical Leave
A one-year unpaid sabbatical leave may be granted by the Board for exchange teaching program, study or public service. Benefits will not accrue during Sabbatical leave. However benefit levels will be reinstated, effective as of the date of the leave, upon return from leave.
E. Bereavement Leave
Professional Staff will be granted up to three (3) days Bereavement leave for a death in the immediate family.
Immediate family is defined as spouse, children, parents, grandchildren, grandparent, brother, sister. "Parent" means a biological parent or a person who stood in loco parentis to the employee when employee was under eighteen years of age. Bereavement leave for anyone other than the immediate family is at the discretion of the Administration.
Up to three (3) days bereavement leave will not be deducted from sick leave. Additional bereavement time may be granted by the District Administrator. This additional bereavement leave will be deducted from sick leave.
F. Jury Duty or Career Related Summons
During Jury Duty or Career Related Summons, the teacher will receive his/her regular pay. The teacher shall assign jury duty pay to the District, minus the mileage deduction taken at the higher of the two following rates: 1) the current IRS rate or 2) the court provided rate.
If a teacher is released from jury duty before noon, they are expected to return to school as soon as possible that same day.