The Bossier Parish School Board may grant leaves of absence without pay, for periods not exceeding one (1) year, to any regularly employed teacher or other employee who requests such leave in writing, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent and when in the opinion of the Board such leave is in the best interest of the school system.


Requests for leave of absence without pay shall be submitted to the Superintendent or his/her designee, in writing, at least fifteen (15) days prior to the effective date of the leave, whenever possible. 


The granting of such leave shall be with the intention of both the employee and the School Board that the employee returns to the same position he/she left.  The Board may reassign an employee taking leave without pay to a teaching, administrative, or similar position within the person's area of certification or job responsibility if a vacancy occurs.  Such reassignment shall be effected in accordance with the Board's transfer policy and procedures.


An employee who is absent from work and who has exhausted all approved leave time shall be considered to be on unauthorized leave, unless, in advance of such absence, he/she requests a leave of absence without pay and permission is granted by the Superintendent and subject to Board approval.  An employee on unauthorized leave of absence shall receive no pay for those days which constitute unauthorized leave.  An employee on unauthorized leave may be subject to dismissal.


An employee on leave without pay shall not earn retirement credit for those days missed.  Additionally, an employee who is on leave without pay shall not accrue annual leave or sick leave during an approved leave.


In the case of an employee eligible for sabbatical leave, leaves of absence without pay shall interrupt active service in connection with sabbatical leave, but shall not affect tenure rights which the person requesting leave may have acquired prior to the request for leave.


An employee on approved leave without pay shall notify the Human Resources Department at least twenty (20) working days prior to the end of the granted leave of the intention to return to active employment.


Upon returning to active employment the employee shall be reinstated at the appropriate salary level based on experience.



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:81, 17:1186


Bossier Parish School Board