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6.241 Illness or Injury In Line of Duty Leave

6.241 Illness or Injury In Line of Duty Leave

Chapter 6.00: Personnel

6.241

ILLNESS OR INJURY IN LINE OF DUTY LEAVE

POLICY

I. INJURY IN LINE OF DUTY

A. Injury in Line of Duty – Employees shall be entitled to injury in line of duty leave at regular pay (reduced by the amount of Workmen’s Compensation received as disability paid by reason of such injury) when absent from duties because of a personal injury received in the discharge of duty.

B. Workmen’s Compensation – An employee shall be entitled to benefits no less than the benefits to which an employee is entitled under the Florida Workmen’s Compensation Law.

The term “injury” means personal injury or death by accident arising out of and in the course of employment, and such diseases or infection as naturally or unavoidably result from such injury. Damage to dentures, eyeglasses, prosthetic devices, and artificial limbs is to be included in this definition only when the damage is shown to be a part of, or, in conjunction with an accident. This damage must specifically occur as the result of an accident in the normal course of employment.

C. Duration of Leave and Compensation – Leave of any such employee shall be authorized for a total not to exceed ten (10) work days for a single accident provided, however, the School Board may, under such circumstances as would warrant, grant additional injury in line of duty leave for such term and under such conditions as the Board shall deem proper. Injury in line of duty leave shall not be charged to accumulated sick leave.

D. Claims – Any such employee who has claim for compensation under this section shall file the claim in the manner prescribed in Florida Statutes. The School Board shall approve such claims when it is satisfied that the claim correctly states the facts and that such claim is entitled to payment in accordance with the provisions of this section.

E. It is the goal of the Board to avoid, whenever possible, lost time due to injuries. In the event of a lost-time injury, the goal is to return the employee to productive employment as soon as possible. The Superintendent will develop guidelines for returning employees to productive employment on a temporary and/or long term basis.

II. ILLNESS IN LINE OF DUTY

A. Employees shall be entitled to illness in line of duty leave at regular pay (reduced by the amount of Workmen’s Compensation received in the form of temporary disability paid by reasons of such injury or illness) for a period of ten (10) days when he has to be absent from his duties because of illness from any contagious or infectious disease contracted in school work. An illness in line of duty leave may be extended beyond ten (10) days by School Board approval.

B. This provision shall apply only to uncommon diseases such as meningitis and scarlet fever and illness commonly called “childhood diseases” such as chicken pox, mumps, measles, scabies, and lice. This will not include the common cold and influenza or diseases which ordinarily would spread among the total population.

C. An employee who has any claim for compensation while absent because of illness contracted or injury incurred as prescribed herein shall file the appropriate claim report with the school principal.

D. Claims for illness in line of duty shall be approved and payment thereof authorized upon determination that:

1. Claimant (employee) came in contact with the disease at his work location.

2. Symptoms of the disease became evident and were diagnosed by a physician during the incubation period of the disease.

E. It shall be the responsibility of the claimant (employee) to furnish conclusive proof of his meeting above stated guidelines.

F. In the event of a locally declared epidemic, the School Board may omit the above provisions.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 1001.41, 1012.22, 1012.23, F.S.

LAWS IMPLEMENTED: 1001.43, 1012.61, 1012.63, 1012.66, 1012.69, F.S.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULES: 6A-1.080

HISTORY: Adopted: 07/14/1998

Revision Date(s): 07/25/2005

Formerly: C-23, C-24, C-43, D-26, E-18, E-19, E-29

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