554P - Leave of Absence

    1. Purpose for Leave
      The board will consider the following specific reasons in granting leaves of absence on requests from professional and classified personnel:

      1. Military duty

      2. Advanced study on a college or university level

      3. Sickness or serious health conditions*

      4. Temporary disability*

      5. Child adoption*

      6. Child care*

      *Provided absence would otherwise qualify under FMLA guidelines

    2. Leave Duration
      The policy of the board will be to grant a leave-of-absence for one (1) school year or for the remainder of the school year to professional personnel who have satisfactorily completed three (3) consecutive years of service or are on continuing contract in Frederick County and to classified personnel who have satisfactorily completed three (3) years of consecutive service. Requests for leaves-of-absence shall be considered on a yearly basis not to exceed two (2) consecutive school years. An employee earns no service credit or leave accruals (sick leave, personal leave, annual leave) during the leave of absence.

    3. Benefits
      An individual may continue participation in group hospitalization and life insurance at his own expense while on leave of absence.

    4. Placement Following Extended Leave Without Pay
      An employee shall be guaranteed a comparable position in the school system upon return to active employment immediately following the leave of absence.


    Adopted: February 6, 1990
    Amended: September 18, 2018