Cf: EGAA, GBRIBB
The Bossier Parish School Board shall grant all employees hired for the school year or longer a minimum of ten (10) days absence per year because of personal illness or other emergencies without loss of pay. Sick leave shall be granted in accordance with the following:
Nine (9) month employees
Ten (10) days per year
Nine and a half (9½) month employees
Ten and a half (10½) days per year
Ten (10) month employees
Eleven (11) days per year
Ten and a half (10½) month employees
Eleven and a half (11½) days per year
Eleven (11) month employees
Twelve (12) days per year
Twelve (12) month employees
Thirteen (13) days per year
Sick leave, when not used, shall be allowed to accumulate to the credit of the employee without limitation. However, upon initial employment, a teacher employed by the School Board shall not be allowed any sick leave until he/she reports for duty and actually performs work.
The minimum of ten (10) days of sick leave for an employee shall be based on the employee beginning work at the beginning of the school year. In the case of an employee beginning work in the first month of the school year, ten days sick leave shall be allowed. If an employee begins work in the second month of the school year, nine days of sick leave shall be allowed, and the number of days of sick leave shall continue to be prorated for an employee who begins work until the eighth month of the school year, when only three days of sick leave shall be allowed. The Superintendent and/or his/her designee shall be responsible for developing and maintaining pertinent regulations and procedures governing sick leave.
Statutes governing sick leave for School Board personnel include differing provisions for different categories of employees. For purposes of this policy, the following terminology shall apply:
A teacher shall mean any employee who holds a valid teaching
certificate or whose employment requires the holding of a teaching
certificate, or any social worker, guidance counselor, or school psychologist
who holds, as applicable, a valid professional ancillary certificate.
A bus operator shall mean any employee who is employed
as a school bus operator.
A school employee shall mean an employee who is not a
teacher or a school bus operator.
The use of the term employee shall include all three (3) categories of personnel.
CERTIFICATION OF ABSENCE
An employee who is absent for six (6) or more consecutive days shall be required to present a certificate from a physician certifying such absence upon return to work. In the case of repeated absences of less than six (6) days because of illness, the School Board reserves the right to require verification of illness. Should a pattern of behavior so warrant, upon the request of the Superintendent or School Board, the employee shall be required, at the expense of the School Board, to provide a certificate from a physician specified by the Superintendent or School Board, in order to verify the existence of an illness, injury, or medical emergency.
Excuses for employee absences due to illness or injury must be provided on physician’s letterhead containing the physician’s name, address, and telephone number, typed, printed, or as part of the letterhead. The physician's typed or neatly printed name shall also appear beneath his/her signature. The letter must clearly state the reason for the illness or injury, date of the illness or injury, and the anticipated return-to-work date.
If an employee is absent from duty under circumstances in which he/she is not entitled to any kind of leave, such employee shall be considered to be in violation of his/her contract, and is not entitled to be paid for the days of unauthorized absence and non-performance of duties.
SICK LEAVE FOR EMERGENCIES
Emergencies for sick leave purposes shall be defined by the School Board as:
Illness of the employee
Illness within the immediate family – spouse, parents, children,
Death in the family – not restricted to immediate family
Court summons; or
Other unusual circumstances as approved by the Superintendent or designee.
EXTENDED SICK LEAVE
The School Board shall permit employees to take up to ninety (90) days of extended sick leave in each six-year period of employment which may be used for a medical necessity at any time the employee has no remaining regular sick leave balance at the time the extended sick leave is set to begin. The initial six-year period of employment shall begin on August 15, 1999 for all teachers and bus operators employed as of that date, on August 15, 2008 for school employees employed as of that date, or on the effective date of employment for those employees employed after the dates above. All decisions relative to the granting of extended sick leave shall be made by the Superintendent.
Unused days during any six-year period of employment shall not cumulate or carry forward into the next six-year period of employment. The balance of days of extended sick leave available shall transfer with the employee from one public school employer to another without loss or restoration of days.
Interruptions of service between periods of employment with a public school employer shall not be included in any calculation of a six-year period, such that any employment with any public school employer, regardless of when it occurs, shall be included in any determination of the balance of days of extended sick leave available to the employee.
Any employee on extended sick leave shall be paid sixty-five percent (65%) of the salary paid the employee at the time the extended sick leave begins.
Child means a biological son or daughter, an adopted son or daughter, a foster son or daughter, a stepson or daughter, or a legal ward of an employee standing in loco parentis to that ward who is either under the age of eighteen (18) or who is eighteen (18) years of age but under twenty-four (24) years of age and is a full-time student, or who is nineteen (19) years of age or older and incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability.
Immediate family member shall mean a spouse, parent, or child of the employee.
Infant means a child under one year of age.
Medical necessity shall be the result of a catastrophic illness or injury, a life-threatening, chronic, or incapacitating condition, as certified by a physician, of the employee or a member of his/her immediate family.
Parent means the biological parent of an employee or an individual who stood in loco parentis to the employee.
Extended Sick Leave for Maternity Purposes
Each teacher granted maternity leave in accordance with state law and who has no remaining sick leave available may also be granted up to (30) days of additional extended sick leave in each six-year period of employment for personal illness relating to pregnancy, illness of an infant, or for required medical visits certified by a physician as relating to infant or maternal health.
Gainful Employment Permitted
An employee may undertake additional gainful employment while on extended sick leave, provided all of the following conditions are met:
The employee can demonstrate
that he/she will be working not more than twenty (20) hours a week
in a part-time job that the employee has been working for not less
than one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the beginning of any period
of extended sick leave.
The physician who certifies the medical necessity of the leave indicates that such part-time work does not impair the purpose for which the extended sick leave is required.
Any violation of the provisions regarding gainful employment may require the employee to return to the School Board all compensation paid during any week of extended sick leave in which the employee worked more than twenty (20) hours and to reimburse the School Board all related employment costs attributable to such period as calculated by the School Board, without any restoration of leave days.
On every occasion that a teacher uses extended sick leave, a statement from a licensed physician certifying that it is for personal illness relating to pregnancy, illness of an infant, or for required medical visits related to infant or maternal health, or that it is a medical necessity, shall be presented prior to extended sick leave being taken.
On every occasion that a bus operator or school employee uses extended sick leave, a statement from a licensed physician certifying that it is a medical necessity for the bus operator or school employee to be absent for at least ten (10) consecutive work days shall be presented prior to extended sick leave being taken.
The required physician's statement may be presented along with the request for extended sick leave subsequent to the teacher’s or school employee’s return to service. In such a case, the extended sick leave shall be granted for all days for which extended sick leave is requested, provided the request and required documentation is presented within three (3) days after the teacher or school employee returns to service. However, the School Board or the Superintendent reserves the right to question the validity of the medical certification after the three day period.
If the period an employee is on extended sick leave is anticipated to carry over from one school year to the start of the next school year, another application and physician’s statement shall be submitted prior to the start of the next school year in order to be eligible for continued extended sick leave.
SICK LEAVE FOR ASSAULT OR BATTERY
Any employee of the public schools who is disabled while acting in his/her official capacity as a result of an assault or battery by any student or person shall receive sick leave without reduction in pay, and without reduction in accrued sick leave days while disabled as a result of such assault and battery. A teacher shall be required to provide a certificate from a physician certifying the disability. A bus operator or school employee shall be required to present certification of the disability from a physician if the bus operator or school employee is absent for six (6) or more consecutive days as a result of the disability.
Disability, for purposes of this policy, shall mean the inability to perform the essential functions of the job.
The sick leave authorized shall be in addition to all other sick leave authorized herein, shall not be accumulated from year to year, nor shall such additional sick leave be compensated for at death or retirement, or compensated for in any manner except as set forth above.
The School Board shall not reduce the pay or accrued sick leave of any employee who is absent from his/her duties to seek medical attention or treatment as a result of an injury from assault or battery.
If the employee’s physician determines that the employee is able to return to regular duties with restrictions and the School Board does not allow the employee to return to duty with those restrictions, the employee’s leave shall be granted or continued as provided by statute.
If any teacher or school employee, but not a bus operator is receiving sick leave as a result of assault or battery as provided in this section and begins receiving retirement benefits, the sick leave provided herein shall cease.
SICK LEAVE FOR PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH A STUDENT
Any teacher who is disabled while acting in his/her official capacity as a result of physical contact with a student while providing physical assistance to a student to prevent danger or risk of injury to the student, shall receive sick leave for a period of up to one (1) calendar year without reduction in pay and without reduction in accrued sick leave days while disabled as a result of rendering such assistance. Any school employee, but not a bus operator, disabled in a similar manner shall receive up to ninety (90) days of such sick leave. The teacher or school employee shall be required to present a certificate from a physician certifying the disability. The School Board may extend the period of sick leave beyond the allowable period at its discretion.
The School Board shall not reduce the pay or accrued sick leave of any teacher or school employee who is absent from his/her duties to seek medical attention or treatment as a result of an injury from physical contact with a student.
If the teacher’s or school employee’s physician determines that the employee is able toreturn to regular duties with restrictions and the School Board does not allow the employee to return to duty with those restrictions, the teacher’s or school employee’s leave shall be granted or continued as provided by statute.
VALIDITY OF PHYSICIAN’S CERTIFICATION
If at any time during the period of certified disability the School Board questions the validity or accuracy of the physician’s certification for any type of sick leave request made by a teacher, or for extended leave or leave requested as a result of physical assault or battery made by a bus operator or school employee, the School Board may require the employee to be examined by a licensed physician selected by the School Board.
Any further review of medical certification shall proceed as follows:
Upon review of the physician’s certification submitted, if the
School Board or Superintendent questions the validity or accuracy
of the certification, the School Board or Superintendent may require
the employee, or the immediate family member, as applicable, as a
condition for taking the applicable sick leave, to be examined by
a licensed physician selected by the School Board or Superintendent. If
the physician finds medical necessity or certifies a disability, the
leave shall be granted.
If the selected physician disagrees with the original medical
certification from the physician selected by the employee, then the
School Board or Superintendent may require the employee, or immediate
family member, as applicable, as a condition for taking the applicable
sick leave, to be examined by a third licensed physician, whose
name appears next in the rotation of physicians on a list established
by the local medical society and maintained by the School Board or
Superintendent. The final determination of medical necessity
or certification of a disability shall be based on the opinion of
the third physician.
In the determination of the validity of a physician’s certification, the opinion of all physicians consulted shall be submitted to the School Board or Superintendent in the form of a sworn statement. All information contained in any statement from a physician shall be confidential and shall not be subject to the public records law.
The School Board shall pay all costs of any examinations and tests determined to be necessary.
SICK LEAVE/WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Should any teacher become injured or disabled while acting in his/her official capacity, other than by assault, the teacher shall be entitled to appropriate worker's compensation benefits and/or sick leave benefits, at the teacher's option, for the period of time while injured or disabled. Any benefits received, however, shall not exceed the total amount of the regular salary the teacher was receiving at the time of injury or disability. The teacher shall be required to present a certificate from a physician certifying such injury or incapacitation.
VESTING OF SICK LEAVE
All sick leave accumulated by a teacher or school employee, but not a bus operator, shall be vested in the teacher or school employee by whom such leave has been accumulated. In the event of the transfer of a teacher or school employee from one school system to another in Louisiana, or upon the return of such teacher or school employee to the same school system within five (5) years or such longer period that may be approved by the School Board to which the teacher or school employee returned, regardless of the dates on which the leave was accumulated or the date of transfer or return of the teacher or school employee, such vested leave which remains unused or for which the teacher or school employee has not been compensated directly or transferred such days for retirement credit, shall be transferred, returned to, or continued by the School Board and shall be retained to the credit of teacher or school employee.
PAYMENT UPON RETIREMENT OR DEATH
Upon the retirement of any employee, or upon the employee entering DROP, or upon the employee’s death prior to retirement, the School Board shall pay the employee or his/her heirs or assigns, for any unused sick leave, not to exceed twenty-five (25) days. Such pay shall be at the daily rate of pay paid to the employee at the time of his/her retirement or death.
DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PROGRAM (DROP)
Any employee of the Bossier Parish School Board who participates in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) shall be eligible for and may elect to receive on a one-time basis severance pay (accrued sick leave up to a maximum of twenty-five (25) days) upon entering DROP on the same basis as any other employee who retires or otherwise leaves employment; otherwise, any accrued sick leave shall be paid only upon final retirement of the employee.
Revised: August 12, 2012
Revised: September 4, 2014
Revised: August 16, 2018
Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§11:786, 11:788, 14:125, 17:425, 17:425.1, 17:500, 17:500.1, 17:500.2, 17:1200, 17:1201, 17:1202, 17:1205, 17:1206, 17:1206.1, 17:1206.2
Board minutes, 12-18-08, 8-12-12, 9-4-14, 8-16-18
Bossier Parish School Board