Educational Support Personnel
Sick Days, Vacation, Holidays, and Leaves
Each of the provisions in this policy applies to all educational support personnel to the extent that it does not conflict with an applicable collective bargaining agreement or individual employment contract or benefit plan; in the event of a conflict, such provision is severable and the applicable bargaining agreement or individual agreement will control.
Sick and Bereavement Leave
Full-time educational support personnel receive either 10 (school-year employees) or 15 (12-month employees) paid sick leave days per year. Part-time employees receive a prorated amount of paid sick leave days. Unused sick leave days are allowed to accumulate without limit.
Sick leave is defined in State law as personal illness, quarantine at home, serious illness or death in the immediate family or household, or birth, adoption, placement for adoption, or the acceptance of a child in need of foster care. The Superintendent and/or designee shall monitor the use of sick leave.
As a condition for paying sick leave after three days absence for personal illness or as the Board or Superintendent deem necessary in other cases, the Board or Superintendent may require that the staff member provide a certificate from: (1) a physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine and surgery in all its branches, (2) a chiropractic physician licensed under the Medical Practice Act, (3) an advanced practice nurse, (4) a licensed physician assistant who has been delegated the authority to perform health examinations by his or her supervising physician, or (5) if the treatment is by prayer or spiritual means, a spiritual adviser or practitioner of the employee’s faith. If the Board or Superintendent requires a certificate during a leave of less than three days for personal illness, the District shall pay the expenses incurred by the employee.
Employees are entitled to use up to 30 days of paid sick leave because of the birth of a child that is not dependent on the need to recover from childbirth. Such days may be used at any time within the 12-month period following the birth of the child. Intervening periods of non working days or school not being in session, such as breaks and holidays, do not count towards the 30 working school days. As a condition of paying sick leave beyond the 30 working school days, the Board or the Superintendent may require medical certification.
For purposes of adoption, or placement for adoption, or acceptance of a child in need of foster care, paid sick leave may be used for reasons related to the formal adoption or the formal foster care process prior to taking custody of the child or accepting the child in need of foster care, and for taking custody of the child or accepting the child in need to foster care. Such leave is limited to 30 days, unless a longer leave is provided in an applicable collective bargaining agreement, and need not be used consecutively once the formal adoption or foster care process is underway. The Board or Superintendent may require that the employee provide evidence that the formal adoption or foster care process is underway.
Twelve-month employees shall be eligible for paid vacation days according to the following schedule:
|Length of Employment||Maximum Vacation Leave Earned Per Year|
|0 year to 1 year||1 day per 26 worked|
|1 year to 4 years||2 weeks|
|5 years to 9 years||3 weeks|
|10+ years||4 weeks|
Part-time employees who work at least half-time are entitled to vacation days on the same basis as full-time employees, but the pay will be based on the employee’s average number of part-time hours per week during the last vacation accrual year. The Superintendent will determine the procedure for requesting vacation.
Vacation days earned in one fiscal year must be used by the end of the following fiscal year; they do not accumulate. Employees resigning or whose employment is terminated are entitled to the monetary equivalent of all earned vacation.
Unless the District has a waiver or modification of the School Code pursuant to Section 2-3.25g or 24-2(b) allowing it to schedule school on a holiday listed below, District employees will not be required to work on:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
- President’s Day
- Casimir Pulaski’s Birthday
- Memorial Day
- Juneteenth National Freedom Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veteran’s Day
- 2022 Election Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
A holiday will not cause a deduction from an employee’s time or compensation. The District may require educational support personnel to work on a school holiday during an emergency or for the continued operation and maintenance of facilities or property.
Full-time educational support personnel receive either two (school-year employees) or three (12-month employees) paid personal leave days per year. Part-time employees receive a pro-rated amount of paid personal leave days The use of a personal day is subject to the following conditions:
- Except in cases of emergency or unavoidable situations, a personal leave request should be submitted to the Building Principal 3 days before the requested date.
- No personal leave day may be used immediately before or immediately after a holiday, or during the first and/or last 5 days of the school year, unless the Superintendent grants prior approval.
- Personal leave may not be used in increments of less than one-half day for those staff members requiring a sub.
- Personal leave is subject to any necessary replacement’s availability.
- Personal leave may not be used on an in-service training day and/or institute training days.
- Personal leave may not be used when the employee’s absence would create an undue hardship.
Leave to Serve as a Trustee of the Ill. Municipal Retirement Fund
Upon request, the Board will grant 20 days of paid leave of absence per year to a trustee of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund in accordance with 105 ILCS 5/24-6.3.
Educational support personnel receive the following leaves on the same terms and conditions granted professional personnel in Board policy 5:250, Leaves of Absence:
- Leaves for Service in the Military
- Leave for Service in the General Assembly.
- School Visitation Leave.
- Leaves for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Gender Violence, or Other Crime of Violence.
- Child Bereavement Leave.
- Leave to serve as an election judge.
|REVIEW HISTORY||2019, 2021, May 2022|