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Original Adopted Date: 12-11-95                                          Last Revised Date: 8-22-22                                        Last Reviewed Date: 11-28-16

Licensed employees will be 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 licensed 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 will 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 licensed employees.

Evidence may be required regarding the mental or physical health of the employee when the administration has a concern about the employee's health.  Evidence may also be required to confirm the employee's illness, the need for the illness leave, the employee's ability to return to work, and the employee's capability to perform the duties of the employee's position.  It is within the discretion of the board or the superintendent to determine the type and amount of evidence necessary.  When an illness leave will be greater than three consecutive days, the employee will comply with the board policy regarding family and medical leave.

The requirements stated in the Master Agreement/Staff Handbook between employees in that certified collective bargaining unit and the board regarding the personal illness leave of such employees shall be followed.  In the event of an emergency or unforeseen circumstance, the superintendent may authorize additional paid leave. 

If an employee is eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, the employee shall contact human resources to implement these benefits.

Legal Reference:      29 U.S.C. §§ 2601 et seq.

                                  29 C.F.R. Pt. 825

                                  Iowa Code §§ 20; 85; 216; 279.40.

                                  Whitney v Rural Ind. School District, 232 Iowa 61, 4 N.W.2d 394


Cross Reference:      403.2    Employee Injury on the Job

                                  409.3    Licensed Employee Family and Medical Leave

                                  409.8    Licensed Employee Unpaid Leave