Section: professional employees title: sabbatical leave




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No. 438

SECTION: PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES


TITLE: SABBATICAL LEAVE
ADOPTED:
REVISED:


SOUTHEASTERN GREENE

SCHOOL DISTRICT















438. SABBATICAL LEAVE


1. Purpose


This policy shall establish the district's parameters for granting sabbatical leaves for restoration of health for eligible employees.


2. Authority

SC 1166


The Board shall grant sabbatical leaves to professional employees only for the purpose of restoration of health.


SC 1171


The Board reserves the right to specify the conditions under which sabbatical leaves for restoration of health may be taken, consistent with law.


3. Guidelines


Eligibility


SC 1166


To be eligible for sabbatical leave, an employee shall have completed ten (10) years of satisfactory service in the public schools of the Commonwealth; at least five (5) consecutive years of such service shall be in this school district.


SC 1166


A sabbatical leave may be taken for a half or full school term or for two (2) half school terms during a period of two (2) years, at the employee's option.


SC 1167


The total number of professional employees on sabbatical leave at any one time shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of the number of eligible employees.





Professional employees are eligible for additional sabbatical leaves of absence only after each added seven-year period of satisfactory service.





Application





Requests for sabbatical leave shall be submitted on the approved district form and forwarded with medical documentation to the Superintendent or designee as soon as possible.
The Board shall review each application for sabbatical leave and shall approve those meeting the requirements of adopted policy.












Documentation





Applicants for sabbatical leave shall submit with the application form an official supporting medical statement and recommendation from his/her physician.


SC 1171

At both the approximate midpoint of the leave and at least thirty (30) days prior to the conclusion of the leave, a physician's statement shall be submitted to the Superintendent or designee, indicating the extent to which the purpose of the leave has been achieved and evaluating the health status of the employee relative to his/her ability to return to employment.





The Board reserves the right to require at its own expense additional examinations and reports by physicians of its choice to determine the validity of the leave request.





Commitment Of Employee


SC 1168


Acceptance of a sabbatical leave incurs a commitment by the employee to return to active duty in this district immediately following the sabbatical leave for one (1) full school year, unless physically or mentally unable to do so.





The Board reserves the right to require at its own expense additional examinations and reports by physicians of its choice to determine the employee's ability to return to work.





Commitment Of Employer


SC 1168


At the expiration of the sabbatical leave, the employee shall, unless agreed otherwise, be reinstated in the same position held at the time of the granting of the leave.


SC 1170


Time on sabbatical leave shall be counted as time on the job for purposes of seniority, where applicable in the district, and for retirement fund purposes but for no other purpose.





Compensation


SC 1169


During the period of sabbatical leave, an employee shall be compensated at least one-half the salary to which s/he would have been entitled had the employee not taken leave.











While on leave, the employee shall be entitled to insurance benefits provided other professional employees of a similar class if s/he pays the premiums in advance on a monthly basis.


SC 1166

A sabbatical leave granted for restoration of health shall also serve as a leave of absence without pay from all other school activities.





Compensable employment may not be engaged in while the employee is on sabbatical leave.

School Code

1166, 1167,

1168, 1169,

1170, 1171
















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