• Professional Personnel

    Leaves of Absence 
    Sick and Bereavement Leave, Personal Leave, Sabbatical Leave, Leave of Absence Without Pay, Child-Rearing Leave, Leaves for Service in the Military.

    Please refer to the applicable collective bargaining agreement(s).

    Child Bereavement Leave
    State law allows a maximum of 10 unpaid work days for eligible employees (Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 20 U.S.C. §2601 et seq.) to take child bereavement leave. The purpose, requirements, scheduling, and all other terms of the leave are governed by the Child Bereavement Leave Act. Child bereavement leave allows for: (1) attendance by the bereaved staff member at the funeral or alternative to a funeral of his or her child, (2) making arrangements necessitated by the death of the staff member’s child, or (3) grieving the death of the staff member’s child, without any adverse employment action.

    The leave must be completed within 60 days after the date on which the employee received notice of the death of his or her child. However, in the event of the death of more than one child in a 12-month period, an employee is entitled to up to a total of six weeks of bereavement leave during the 12-month period, subject to certain restrictions under State and federal law. Other existing forms of leave may be substituted for the leave provided in the Child Bereavement Leave Act. This policy does not create any right for an employee to take child bereavement leave that is inconsistent with the Child Bereavement Leave Act.

    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 in the General Assembly does not acquire tenure.

    Leave for Employment in Department of Defense
    The Board 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 eight hours during any school year, no more than four hours of which may be taken on any given day, to attend school conferences, behavorial 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 Director 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 violence, sexual violence, or gender 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, or gender 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 System 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.).

    Leaves to Serve as an Officer or Trustee of a Specific Organization

    Upon request, the Board 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 System, 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 System, be absent without pay for the purpose of serving as an election judge. The staff member is not required to use any form of paid leave to serve as an election judge. No more than 10% of the System’s employees may be absent to serve as election judges on the same election day.

    LEGAL REF.: 
    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.
    CROSS REF.:5:185 (DAOES Family and Medical Leave), 5:330 (Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays, and Leaves)
    February 20, 2020