GDCA Hourly Employee Sick Leave Policy Sick Leave Accrual Sick leave will be accumulated at the rate of 1 day per calendar month up to twelve (12) days for year round employees and ten (10) days for school year employees during the school calendar year. Days will be granted the first working day of the month starting in July for year round employees and on the first working day of the month starting in September for school year employees. New employees will have a probationary period of twenty-five (25) work days before sick time will begin. Sick leave shall be taken in increments of half days. Unused sick leave days shall be accumulated from year to year to a maximum of ninety (90) days for year round employees and seventy-five (75) days for school year employees. Employees who have already accumulated more than the maximum number of days will retain them. When days are used they will be deducted from the twelve (12) or ten (10) days allotted for the year. For example if a year round employee begins the year with 110 accumulated sick days and uses ten (10) (of the twelve (12) allotted days) then their total remains at 110 days. However if the employee uses fourteen (14) sick days in one year their accumulated days will decrease to 108 days. Sick Leave Use The Superintendent shall have the prerogative of requesting a doctor’s certificate corroborating the use of sick leave days. Medical leave for disability resulting from pregnancy or childbirth shall be treated like any other work-related disability. Sick leave days shall not be permitted for elective surgery and associated recuperation time (i.e., surgery performed on a date selected by the employee) if, in the attending physician’s opinion, the surgery and recuperation time could be scheduled during a time when schools are not in session without being detrimental to the health of the employee. Sick leave days shall not be permitted for dental work of a non-emergency nature. Sick leave may be used for illness of members of the immediate family (spouse, child, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, father- or mother-in law, or qualified domestic partner). Not to exceed ten (10) days in any one year, nor more than five (5) days in succession. Extended leave may be granted with approval from the Board. In extenuating circumstances the Superintendent and Board Chair may grant approval between Board meetings and then bring the request to the next meeting for Board approval. Bereavement Up to five (5) paid days at any one time in the event of the death of a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, father- or mother-in-law, or qualified domestic partner. Extended bereavement leave may be granted with approval of Superintendent and will not be deducted from sick leave. Up to three (3) days at any one time in the event of the death of a brother- or sister-in-law, any relative residing in the employee’s household, or any other close relative at the Superintendent’s discretion. Personal Leave Up to two (2) days may be used as personal days each school year. These days will be deducted from sick leave time. Personal days shall be granted for religious, legal, business, household, family matters, or relationship obligations similar to family relationships which cannot be conducted at times other than school hours and is not for personal gain. The employee must state which of the above reasons apply and may provide an explanation if he/she so desires. Such leave shall require prior approval of the building principal with consultation with superintendent. Application for these days will be made at least two (2) days in advance, except in the case of an emergency, to allow the principal to obtain substitutes and make other necessary arrangements. Requests for personal leave will not be granted to extend vacations, or holidays, or to be used for recreational purposes. If, however, in the judgment of the building principal/Superintendent, legitimate personal business is only coincident to a school vacation, and would have been permissible at any other time, the building principal may allow such a leave, subject to the other provisions of this section. Request of leave for religious holidays will be granted as required by law.
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