The Bossier Parish School Board shall grant to regular employees Leave Without Pay for maternity purposes for a reasonable period of time before and after the birth of a child.  Reasonable period of time means that period during which the female employee is disabled on account of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.  Regular employees, for purposes of this policy, shall mean teachers serving under contract (not to include substitute teachers or teachers replacing others on leave) and other female employees who are employed by the School Board on a regular basis.  Such leave shall be granted upon proper application to the School Board for maternity leave.


Employees may be permitted to use current and accumulated sick leave days in lieu of maternity leave upon proper request.  The period of disability for which sick leave may be used shall be determined by the employee’s physician, in conjunction with the employee and appropriate school personnel, and submitted to the School Board in writing.


Each teacher granted maternity leave in accordance with state law who has no remaining sick leave days available may also be granted up to thirty (30) days of extended sick leave in each six-year period of employment in accordance with policy GBRIB, Sick Leave.




A pregnant employee may remain on the job as long as she is performing her duties competently as determined by her immediate supervisor.  The employee shall fill out a Maternity Leave Request form, giving as much advance notice as possible, but in no case less then thirty (30) days prior to the beginning date of leave, except in emergency situations.  The form must be accompanied by a statement from a physician verifying the state of pregnancy and expected dates of disability due to pregnancy.  Such certificate shall follow the same standards as for submission of certificates for sick leave as found under Certification of Absence in policy GBRIB, Sick Leave.  Failure to comply with the notice and other requirements of this policy may be considered willful neglect of duty and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.


Return to Work


The employee shall be eligible for re-employment to the position she left when she submits written notice to the Human Resource Department from her physician that she is physically fit for full-time employment.  The employee is guaranteed the position held prior to the leave unless the position is eliminated.




The School Board shall grant leaves of absence not to exceed thirty (30) days to regular employed teachers after the legal adoption of a child.  If multiple children are adopted on the same date, the event shall be considered a single qualifying event.  The granting of such leave shall not affect any of the tenure rights with the teacher may have acquired under state law.


Each teacher granted adoptive leave in accordance with state law who has no remaining sick leave days available may also be granted up to thirty (30) days of extended sick leave in each six-year period of employment for personal illness related to illness of an infant, or for required medical visits certified by a physician as relating to infant health.


Adoptive leave shall not interrupt the consecutive service for sabbatical leave purposes.




While on maternity or adoptive leave, an employee may elect to receive retirement credit for the time spent on leave.  If the employee elects to receive retirement credit, she must pay the employee and employer retirement contributions.  It is the responsibility of the employee to contact the Human Resources Department and make these arrangements. Failure to make arrangements to receive retirement credit while on leave cancels the opportunity to receive this credit in the future.




Maternity or adoptive leave for the period of disability occasioned by pregnancy and/or childbirth shall not interrupt the consecutive service for sabbatical leave purposes.  Once maternity leave extends beyond the period of disability, however, such period of leave shall be considered an interruption of the accrual of consecutive semesters for sabbatical leave eligibility.


Revised:  August 16, 2012

Revised:  May 16, 2019



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:1171, 17:1211, 23:334, 23:341, 23:342

Board minutes, 8-16-12; 5-16-19


Bossier Parish School Board