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general description  

A leave is an authorized absence from active service granted to a contract employee, for a specified purpose and period of time, with the right to return to active service unless the employee’s service would have otherwise been terminated. Leaves are either “permissive” or “mandatory”. The term “may” used in referring to permissive leaves indicates that the District retains discretion as to whether they are to be granted, and will determine the starting and ending dates of the leave. As to mandatory leaves the term “shall” is used and the District has no discretion as to whether the leave is to be granted to a qualified employee. The term “formal leave” refers to any leave of more than twenty days in duration. Formal leaves must be applied for in writing using the District form.

Contract Reference: For additional information on leaves and absences, click here to link to the LAUSD / UTLA Bargaining Agreement. Go to Article XII, Leaves and Absences.

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illness leave  

A formal ILLNESS LEAVE is a leave granted to an employee for absence covering a period of more than 20 consecutive working days because the employee is unable to work due to personal illness, injury, quarantine occasioned by the employee’s own or another’s illness, or a temporary disability caused or contributed to by pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth or recovery therefrom. These are paid leaves.

DEADLINE - These leaves may be applied for at any time.
  The Illness Leave must have the Attending Physician’s Statement either attached to the Leave Form or sent to the Personnel Office separately.
FORMS - For an Illness Leave you need the following forms:
  Request for Certificated Leave of Absence Form
  Attending Physician's Statement
  Request to Return from Leave Form
FAQs REGARDING ILLNESS LEAVES
  Who is eligible for illness leaves?
Any contracted teacher is eligible for these leaves, eg. permanent, probationary, provisional, University Intern, District Intern.
Refer to LAUSD / UTLA Agreement, Article XII, Leaves and Absences, Section 2.0
  Am I eligible for state disability?
No, teachers do not pay into state disability.
pregnancy leave  

A formal PREGNANCY LEAVE is a leave granted to an employee for absence covering a period of more than 20 consecutive working days because the employee is physically disabled and unable to work due to pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth or recovery therefrom. These are paid leaves. The employee shall be permitted to utilize her illness absence pursuant to the LAUSD / UTLA Bargaining Agreement, Article XII, Section 12.


DEADLINE - These leaves may be applied for at any time.
  The Pregnancy Leave must have the Attending Physician’s Statement either attached to the Leave Form or sent to the Personnel Office separately.
FORMS - For a Pregnancy Leave you need the following forms:
  Request for Certificated Leave of Absence Form
  Attending Physician's Statement
  Request to Return from Leave Form
FAQs REGARDING PREGNANCY LEAVES
  Who is eligible for pregnancy leaves?
Any contracted teacher is eligible for these leaves, eg. permanent, probationary, provisional, University Intern, District Intern.
Refer to LAUSD/UTLA Agreement, Article XII, Leaves and Absences, Section 2.0
  How long can I stay out on a Pregnancy Leave?
The length of Pregnancy Leave is determined by the attending physician, usually 6 weeks after the birth of the baby. Complications or Cesarean section may necessitate a longer leave.
  Am I eligible for state disability?
No, teachers do not pay into state disability.
  When my Pregnancy Leave expires, what options do I have other than returning to my school?
Depending on your District status, you can take a family care leave or child care leave, both of which are covered in the General Description of Leaves.
child care leave  

An unpaid CHILD CARE LEAVE may be granted to a permanent or probationary employee to care for the employee's child / children (including adopted) under five (5) years of age.

A permanent employee may be granted a maximum of the equivalent of four (4) semesters of child care leave.

A probationary employee may be granted an unpaid child care leave immediately following the pregnancy leave, birth or adoption for the balance of the semester, but combined pregnancy and child care leaves shall not exceed two semesters.

An employee has return rights if the child care leave immediately follows pregnancy leaves, birth or adoption, but only for the balance of the semester.

DEADLINE - If the request for child care leave immediately follows the pregnancy leave, the leave request should be submitted immediately following the leave. Leave requests not immediately following the pregnancy leave may be submitted at any time but must be on file in the Personnel Office by April 15 for the fall semester and by November 15 for the spring semester.
FORMS - For a Child Care Leave you need the following forms:
  Request for Certificated Leave of Absence Form
  Request to Return from Leave Form
  NOTE: A copy of the baby's birth certificate, or certificate/letter from the hospital or attending physician, or adoption papers MUST accompany the leave request.
FAQs REGARDING CHILD CARE LEAVES
  Who is eligible for pregnancy leaves?
A probationary teacher may take a child care leave immediately following maternity leave to the end of that semester.
A permanent teacher may take a child care leave for a maximum of 4 semesters.
  Do I have return rights back to my school after a child care leave?
A teacher has return rights immediately following the maternity leave, birth or adoption, but only for the balance of the semester or track.
family care leave  

A FAMILY CARE LEAVE may be granted for birth of a child of the employee, adoption or foster care of a child by employee, serious health condition of a child of the employee, the employee’s own serious health condition or the care of a parent or spouse who has a serious health condition. The employee must have been employed for at least 12 months and have served for 130 workdays during the 12 months immediately preceding the effective date of the leave. This is an unpaid leave, but the District maintains health benefits for the employee.

DEADLINE - These leaves may be applied for at any time.
FORMS - For a Family Care Leave you need the following forms:
  Request for Certificated Leave of Absence Form
  Request to Return from Leave Form
FAQs REGARDING FAMILY CARE LEAVES
  I have been working as a contract teacher for 2 years. My mother is very ill, what options do I have to spend some time with her.
The Family Care and Medical Leave is available to an employee who has been employed for 12 months and has worked at least 130 workdays during the 12 months preceding the request for leave.

This is an unpaid leave, but benefits are covered.

Leave cannot exceed 12 work weeks in a year.

Teacher has return rights back to the same school.

Benefits are maintained.

personal leave  

A PERSONAL LEAVE may be granted to a permanent employee for a period not to exceed 52 consecutive calendar weeks, for a specific personal reason satisfactory to the District. This is an unpaid leave.

DEADLINE - Application for this leave must be received by April 15 to begin a leave for the Fall semester or by November 15 to begin a leave for the Spring semester.
FORMS - For a Personal Leave you need the following forms:
  Request for Certificated Leave of Absence Form
  Request to Return from Leave Form
FAQs REGARDING PERSONAL LEAVES
  I am a permanent teacher and would like to take a personal leave for a year. Is this possible?
A permanent teacher may be granted a maximum of one year unpaid personal leave.

There are no return rights back to the school, only to the District.

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