Leaves and Absences
The district offers employees paid and unpaid leaves of absence in times of personal need. This page provides an overview of the basic types of leave available and restrictions on leaves of absence.
Employees who are absent for more than 5 days for personal illness, family illness, death in family or family emergency should contact Benefits for information about how their leave will affect their paychecks and for required paperwork.
Sandy Nation: 940-393-7110
Types of leave
- Local/state leave
- Temporary disability
- Family Medical Leave
- Long-term absence due to illness, maternity, disability
- Absence for more than five consecutive work days
Step 1: Employee requests Medical Leave of Absence
Employee completes these forms and sends to Benefits:
Step 2: Benefits responds to leave request
An employee is eligible for FMLA if:
- worked for the district for at least 12 months and
- worked a minimum of 1,250 hours in the preceding 12 months prior to an absence
If not eligible for FMLA, leave will be designated as Temporary Disability.
Human resources sends these documents to the employee:
- a Statement of Eligibility
- FMLA Rights & Responsibilities notice
- Doctor Certification forms, as appropriate
Step 3: Employee submits doctor forms
Employee returns doctor certification forms within 15 work days.
Step 4: Benefits determines FMLA eligibility
Benefits officially designates the leave as Family Medical Leave or as a temporary disability.
Step 5: Benefits processes absences
Absences are worked by deducting from available sick leave days and then payroll docks, if necessary.
Step 6: Employee is released to work
Employee submits doctor release form to Benefits and returns to work.