6.23 Personal Leave
6.23 Personal Leave
Chapter 6.00: Personnel
I. Personal Leave Chargeable to Sick Leave:
Employees may be allowed six (6) days paid leave for personal reasons each year to be charged against accrued sick leave. Such leave shall be non-cumulative and any request for such leave shall be approved in advance by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
II. Leave Without Pay
A. An employee may be granted personal leave without pay for a period of time up to one (1) year providing that prior to the leave, a request stating reasons is made in writing on a form designated by the School Board, addressed to the Superintendent, and countersigned by the immediate supervisor indicating approval or disapproval. Leave for a period of one (1) year shall be requested before the closing date of the school year immediately preceding the year for which the request is made. Employment at the expiration of leave is contingent upon a vacancy in the employee’s area of employment.
B. It is the employee’s responsibility to get approval in advance, except in emergency situations, before absenting himself from duty. It is also the responsibility of the employee to notify his immediate supervisor, in writing, forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration date of leave of his intent to return to work. Failure of an employee to meet this timeline, indicating his intent to return to work, will result in the position being advertised as an existing vacancy. In any event, an employee not returning at the end of a leave and not receiving an extension of the leave must submit an application for employment before being considered for re-employment.
C. Activities engaged in by an employee while on a leave of absence which are not in keeping with the reasons for which the leave was granted will be cause for termination of employment. Employees may be granted leave of absence without pay providing one of the following conditions is met:
1. The purpose of attending a college, university, or business school and the employee is enrolled in a full-time planned program related to the work of the employee which will benefit the employee and the Okeechobee County School Board;
2. Urgent personal business requiring the employee’s attention for an extended period, such as settling an estate, liquidating a business and attending court as a witness;
3. For health reasons as verified by a licensed medical physician;
4. Childbirth or adoption.
D. Extensions of leave of absence, not to exceed a total of one (1) calendar year, and special leave of absence other than those enumerated above, must be approved by the School Board upon the approval and recommendation of the Superintendent.
E. Leaves to accept or seek other employment are prohibited.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1012.22, 1012.23, F.S.
LAWS IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1012.61, 1012.66, F.S.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULES:
HISTORY: Adopted: 07/14/1998
Formerly: C-15, C-19, C-27, E-13, E-14, E-16