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Classified employees are granted eleven days of sick leave in their first year of employment.  Each year thereafter, one additional day of sick leave will be granted to the employees up to a maximum of sixteen days.  "Day" is defined as one work day regardless of full-time or part-time status of the employee.  A new employee shall report for work at least one full work day prior to receiving sick leave benefits.  A returning employee will be granted the appropriate number of days at the beginning of each fiscal year.  Sick leave may be accumulated up to a maximum of 130 days for classified employees.

Evidence may be required regarding the mental or physical health of the employee including, but not limited to, confirmation of the following:  the illness of the employee, the need for the leave, the ability to return to work, and the capability to perform the duties of the employee's position.  It shall be within the discretion of the board and the superintendent to determine the type and amount of evidence necessary.  When sick leave will be greater than three consecutive days, the employee shall comply with board policy regarding family and medical leave.

The requirements stated in the Master Contract between employees in that classified collective bargaining unit and the board regarding the personal illness leave of such employees shall be followed.

If an employee is eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits, the employee shall contact the Human Resource Coordinator to implement these benefits.


Legal Reference:          Whitney v. Rural Ind. School District, 232 Iowa 61, 4 N.W.2d 394 (1942).

                                    26 U.S.C. §§ 2601 et seq. (2012)

                                    29 C.F.R. Pt. 825 (2012).

                                    Iowa  Code §§ 20; 85.33, .34, .38(3); 279.40 (2013).

                                    1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 605.

                                    1972 Op. Att'y Gen. 177, 353.

                                    1952 Op. Att'y Gen. 91.

Cross Reference:         403.2   Employee Injury on the Job

                                    414.3   Classified Employee Family and Medical Leave

                                    414.8   Classified Employee Unpaid Leave

Approved:       12-11-95

Reviewed:       1-23-12, 11-28-16

Revised:          8-11-97, 5-13-02, 6-9-03, 11-13-06