ARTICLE 15
Leave Because of Illness

  1. Support Staff
  2. Whenever an employee is prevented by personal illness or injury from reporting for work, except for absence due to an injury incurred while in remunerative work outside of the employee's school duties, the employee shall be paid, for each day of absence, the full salary entitled based upon the employee's regularly scheduled workday as follows:

    1. For ten (10) days if regularly scheduled to work twelve (12) months;
    2. For eight (8) days if regularly scheduled to work ten (10) months, including assistants paid an annual salary; and
    3. For seven (7) days if a regularly scheduled hourly or daily worker.
    4. Transportation Department:
      1. This Article does not apply to those employees classified as drivers in the Transportation Department in their first full year of employment.
      2. 12 Month Instructors/Bus Drivers get ten (10) sick days, 10 Month Bus Drivers get eight (8) sick days, and Hourly Bus Drivers get seven (7) sick days.
      3. Transportation hourly employees who exceed their allotment of sick and personal days shall be docked for each day of "exceeded sick" or "exceeded personal." These employees will also be subject to progressive discipline in the following manner. Day one (1) of exceeded sick or exceeded personal will result in a written warning. The warning will explain the $50.00 surcharge which will be applied each day moving forward for a maximum of ten (10) days per unpaid leave per year. The benefits surcharge will be deducted in the next pay period at the same time the deduction is being made for "exceeding" the time allocated. The surcharge will not apply to bereavement days, jury duty leave, approved school business, and employees on approved FMLA leave provided all the necessary paperwork is completed.
      4. Transportation hourly employees with "perfect attendance" for a month during the school year, shall receive a bonus of $50 for the month. Perfect attendance shall be defined as not using any sick or personal days during a month. One day of jury duty per month shall be allowed. The employee needs to work each day his/her schedule calls for him/her to work. The employee will be paid the monthly bonus in the next pay period after month has ended.
    5. If not used, the number of paid days under Section A above shall accumulate without limit, as long as the employee is employed by the Board.
    6. The days of eligibility under this provision shall be calculated from the time of the employee's first employment in the School District and shall have subtracted there from any days of absence for which full payment was made.
    7. A physician's certificate may be required for such sick leave, at the option of the Superintendent.
    8. Should a discontinuance of employment occur during the school year, then only
      1. proportionate part of the employee's annual sick leave shall be credited to the employee's account for that year.
    9. Employees shall have accessibility to their accumulated number of sick days through KRONOS Employee Self-Service.
    10. When an employee is absent from work, under this or any other Article contained herein, the employee must notify AESOP prior to the first day of absence.
  3. Professional Staff
    1. Employees shall be granted ten (10) paid days annually for absences due to personal illness. If not used, the ten (10) days or any portion thereof may be accumulated without limit as long as the employee is employed by the Board.
    2. When an employee is absent from work, under this or any other Article contained herein, the employee must notify AESOP prior to the first day of absence.
    3. Employees shall have accessibility to their accumulated number of sick days through KRONOS Employee Self-Service.
    4. Employees who are absent for more than five (5) consecutive days must submit a physician's certificate stating the reasons for the absence.
    5. Employees whose absences are suspicious, excessive, or constitute a pattern shall be warned. Such employees may be required to provide a doctor's certificate for subsequent absences after due warning.
    6. Should an employee cease to be employed by the Board during the year, the employee shall be credited with one (1) day of sick leave for every nineteen (19) days, or major fraction thereof, of employment that year.