9.1 Sick Leave
Sick leave with full compensation shall be granted to an Employee in accordance with the following:
An Employee shall accumulate sick leave at the rate of twelve (12) workdays per full school term, and such sick leave days shall be available on the first scheduled workday of each school term. An Employee employed after the start of the school term shall accumulate sick leave at the rate of one (1) day for each remaining full month of the school term, and such sick leave days shall be available on the Employee’s first scheduled workday. Any unused sick leave days shall accumulate up to a maximum of three hundred and sixty (360) workdays.
(a) An Employee who has accumulated a balance of at least one hundred seventy (170) days of sick time as of June 30 of their twentieth (20th), twenty-first (21st) or twenty-second (22nd) year of service with the Employer, shall accumulate sick leave at the rate of fifteen (15) workdays per full school term starting with their twenty-first (21st), twenty-second (22nd) or twenty-third (23rd) year, respectively, and continuing throughout their term of employment with the Employer.
An Employee may use sick leave for personal illness, injury, quarantine at home, temporary disability, or serious illness or death in the Employee’s immediate family or household. Immediate family for the purpose of this Section shall include: father; mother; sister; brother; spouse; child or grandchild related by blood, marriage, or adoption; grandfather; grandmother; father?in?law; mother?in?law; brother?in?law; sister?in?law; and legal guardian. Sick leave may also be used for medical and dental appointments for an Employee or a member of his household. Any Employee unable to work due to pregnancy may treat such disability as a “temporary disability” under this paragraph. An Employee either may treat such disability as a temporary disability under this paragraph or may request a family leave pursuant to Section 9.4 of this Agreement.
Sick leave may be used to attend funerals.
An Employee shall notify his supervisor or other person designated to receive such notice of an absence, stating the nature of the absence, time expected to be away from work, and when he expects to return to work.
If an Employee is on sick leave the day preceding and/or the day following a legal holiday or school recess approved by the Employer, the Employee will not be charged sick leave for such legal holiday or approved school recess.
Sick leave with compensation shall be taken and recorded by the actual time used.
If an Employee who is eligible to receive paid sick leave is injured in the course of his employment with the Employer and also is entitled to receive benefits under the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act, he shall receive full compensation for the length of the injury or the maximum accumulated sick leave days, whichever is less, upon surrendering to the Employer all compensation provided by Workers’ Compensation. An Employee not eligible to receive paid sick leave for workdays lost as a result of such compensable injury shall retain all compensation provided by Worker’s Compensation for such days.
The Employer may require a physician’s statement as a basis for verifying an Employee’s illness, injury, quarantine at home, or temporary disability after an absence of three (3) consecutive workdays or as it may deem necessary in other cases.
A minimum of one (1) time each semester of the school term, an Employee shall receive written notice of the current number of sick leave days he has accumulated.
The Employer reserves the right to request an Employee to submit to an examination by a licensed physician of the Employer’s selection, and at its expense, for the purpose of verifying an illness or disability or to certify an Employee’s ability to return to work following illness or disability.
9.2 Special Sick Leave Bank
By mutual agreement of the Superintendent of Schools and the President of the Association, Employees periodically will be asked to voluntarily transfer one (1) day of their accumulated sick leave to a Special Sick Leave Bank to be administered by the Association in accordance with the following
Days from the sick leave bank shall not be applicable to any disability related to medical procedures which could be safely deferred until a vacation, recess, or other non-work day(s) or hour(s).
An employee who has exhausted his accumulated sick leave days and subsequently has been absent from work more than three (3) consecutive workdays in connection with the same disability may make application to utilize days from the Special Sick Leave Bank in full?day or half?day (½) units. Such request shall be submitted in writing to the President of the Association with a copy given to the Superintendent or his designee and shall be accompanied by a doctor’s verification as proof of need.
Within five (5) workdays after receipt of the request, the President or their designees shall determine if the requested day(s) should be approved; provided, there are sufficient days available in the Special Sick Leave Bank.
If the requested day(s) from the sick leave bank are approved, the President or his designee will notify the Superintendent or his designee of the name of the Employee and the number of days that is being approved from the sick leave bank. The Employee submitting such request will be advised in writing by the Association if the requested days are approved or are not approved. A copy of this notice will be given to the Superintendent or his designee.
Each first year Employee is automatically a participating member of the bank for the first year of employment. After the first year of employment, to remain a participating member of bank, Employees must donate one sick leave day. On November 1 of each year, all non-participants and second year employees will be assessed one (1) day unless the Employee notifies the Employer on a form provided by the Employer that the Employee does not wish to donate days to the sick bank. Probationary Employees who are participating members of the bank may withdraw ten (10) days in years one and two of their probationary period and twenty (20) days in years three and four of their probationary period. Tenured Employees who are participating members of the bank may withdraw ten (10) days per creditable year of service with the Employer to a maximum of fifty (50) approved days per year.
An Employee who is eligible to receive disability benefits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act shall not be eligible to receive compensation through the Special Sick Leave Bank for the same days applicable to Workers’ Compensation.
Days remaining in the sick leave bank at the end of one fiscal year will be carried over to the next fiscal year.
Employees may donate unused sick leave days to the Bank upon separation from the District. The District shall provide a form to Employees leaving the District informing them of this option. Such donation shall be implemented upon the written request of the Employee to the President of the Association and a copy to the Superintendent or his designee. The aggregate annual donation of such days shall be limited to one hundred (100) days.
Whenever the bank day accumulation falls below two hundred (200) days, an automatic assessment of one (1) day shall be taken from each Employee unless an Employee notifies the Employer on a form provided by the Employer that the Employee wishes to be a non-participant in the bank. Employees who do not have any accumulated sick leave days at the time of the automatic assessment shall be excused from the required donation.
Any Employee whose sick day accumulation exceeds the limit established in Section 9.1.1 may donate the excess days annually to the sick bank. Such donation shall be implemented upon the written request of the Employee to the President of the Association and a copy to the Superintendent or his designee. The aggregate annual donation of such days shall be limited to one hundred (100) days.
9.3 Personal Leave
Personal leave with full compensation shall be granted to an Employee in accordance with the following:
An Employee shall be granted personal leave at the rate of two (2) days for a full school term of employment, and such leave days shall be available on the first normal scheduled workday of the school term. Upon the tenth (10th) year of employment in District 87, employees may accumulate a maximum of three (3) personal days. A new Employee employed after the first day of the school term shall be granted such leave at the rate of one-half (½) day for each remaining full forty?six (46) normal scheduled workday period of the normal scheduled workdays specified in paragraph 15.1.1 of this Agreement, and such leave days shall be available on the Employee’s first scheduled workday. Such leave shall not be accumulated from year to year; however, on July 1 of each school year full and/or one-half (½) days of such leave not used during the preceding school term will be added to the Employee’s accumulated paid sick leave not to exceed the maximum number of sick leave days specified in Section 9.1.1 of this Agreement.
An Employee may use personal leave for any reason. Personal leave shall be taken and recorded by the actual time used.
The granting of personal leave shall be subject to the availability of qualified substitute Employees to cover such leave and the prior approval of the Employee’s building principal or such principal’s designated representative. An Employee’s request for such leave may be denied on a given workday if ten (10) percent of the classroom Employees in the school building already have been granted time off or will not be at work at the school on such workday. For the purpose of this paragraph, the number of employees comprising the ten (10) percent will be determined by rounding to the nearest whole number, with one (1) being the minimum at any school.
A request for personal leave shall be submitted in advance in the accepted method of District 87. Such request shall be submitted two (2) days in advance of the leave, except when circumstances prevent giving such advance notice.
The day immediately preceding or immediately following a legal holiday or school recess approved by the Employer, except the first day of school, last day of school, Thanksgiving break, Winter break and Spring break, shall be approved for personal leave. Personal leave shall only be approved on excluded dates in an emergency situation, for observance of a religious holiday, or on the special approval of the Superintendent of Schools or designated representative.
9.4 Family Leave
A family leave without compensation shall be granted to an Employee in accordance with the following:
An Employee who is pregnant or whose spouse is pregnant shall be granted such leave, provided the leave is requested to begin during a period commencing one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the expected date of the normal birth of the child and ending ten (10) days after the birth of the child.
(a) An Employee who is adopting a child shall be granted such leave, provided, the leave is requested to begin during a period commencing with the date the child is placed with such Employee and ending ten (10) days after such placement.
(b) If under the above time frame for beginning a Family Leave the starting date for the leave would be after March 1 of the school year in which the leave is requested, the Employee may request that the starting date be waived and that such leave be taken the entire next ensuing school term. In which event, the one (1) year extension provided by paragraph 9.4.3 shall not apply.
An Employee requesting a family leave shall notify the building principal or supervisor in writing of the date such leave will begin. The Employee shall include with such notice a physician’s statement certifying the pregnancy, a copy of the birth certificate of the child, or a written notice of adoption from the adoption agency, whichever is applicable.
Such leave shall be granted for the remainder of the school term in which the leave begins and on the written request of the Employee shall be extended for a maximum of one (1) additional school term.
The Employee may request that a meeting be scheduled with the building principal, Superintendent or his designee, and a representative of the Association to discuss arrangements for such leave.
All benefits available to an Employee under this Agreement shall be suspended during a family leave. Such leave shall not be allowed for credit on Appendix A; provided, however, any Employee granted such leave who has completed one (1) semester or more of the school term prior to such leave shall be considered to have completed a full year for the purpose of advancement on such compensation schedule.
Employees may make arrangements to continue their group health and accident insurance coverage during such leave at their own expense.
The contractual continued service status of such Employee shall not be affected because of absence while on family leave as provided for herein.
The Employer may request a physician’s written approval for an Employee who has given birth to return to her teaching duties.
An Employee who is on a family leave on or before February 15 of any school term shall request by February 15 of the then current school term an extension of such leave, if applicable, or notify the Superintendent of Schools or his designee of his or her intention to return to work at the start of the next school term. The date of such notice for an Employee granted such leave after February 15 of any school term shall be sixty (60) days before the start of the next school term. The Employer shall notify such Employee in writing by certified mail of the requirements of this paragraph no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the required date of such notice by such Employee.
An Employee returning from a family leave shall be assigned by the Board to a position substantially similar to the one which the Employee held prior to the family leave.
Access to family leave by a probationary Employee shall constitute a break in the Employee’s continuous service.
9.5 Jury Service
An Employee on jury service during his scheduled working hours shall receive his full compensation for the time served on jury service upon surrendering to the Employer all payments received for such jury service, less any mileage, meal allowance, and parking fees. If such jury service is on the Employee’s scheduled time off, he shall retain the pay for such jury service. If such jury service is less than the normal scheduled workday, the Employee shall return to his assigned school.
9.6 Sabbatical Leave
The Employer may grant a sabbatical leave of absence to an Employee for a period of at least four (4) school months but not to exceed one (1) school term. Such leave shall be for resident study, research, travel, or other purposes designed to improve the Employer’s school system. Granting a sabbatical leave shall be in accordance with the following conditions.
The number of Employees on sabbatical leave during any school term shall not exceed four (4).
General qualifications for a sabbatical leave are as follows:
(a) An Employee shall have a minimum of six (6) years of satisfactory service as a full-time Employee with the Employer and shall not have received a sabbatical leave during the six (6) school terms immediately preceding application for the leave.
(b) The leave shall be conditional upon a written plan for resident study, research, travel, or other purposes provided by the Employee and deemed by the Employer to benefit the School District. Such plan shall be approved by the Employer Board of Education and not thereafter modified without approval of such Employer Board.
(c) The Employee shall not engage in any activity for which salary or other compensation is paid unless the activity is directly related to the purpose for which the leave is granted; however, such leave may be granted to enable the applicant, if otherwise eligible, to accept scholarships for study or research.
A joint administration?Association sabbatical leave committee shall be established to review sabbatical leave applications and to make recommendations to the Superintendent for his evaluation and presentation to the Board of Education. Such committee shall be composed of an equal number of administrators and Association members representing the elementary and secondary levels. The Association shall appoint its members of such committee.
An Employee granted a sabbatical leave shall agree in writing to return to and perform his assigned duties in the Employer’s School District for a minimum of two (2) consecutive school terms after his return, unless such return and performance is prevented by illness, incapacity, or death. The Employer may release such Employee prior to completing the two (2) year minimum; provided, the Employee reimburses the Employer the compensation paid him while on sabbatical leave or a proportionate part of such compensation as determined by the fraction of the unfulfilled portion of the two (2) year minimum.
An Employee granted a sabbatical leave shall receive compensation that is not less than the minimum salary provided by The School Code of Illinois or one?half (½) of the Employee’s regular basic compensation, whichever is greater. The Employer will pay such Employee’s contribution to the Illinois Employees’ Retirement System in accordance with Section 24-6.1 of The School Code. Such Employee shall receive the same health and life insurance benefits as provided other full-time employees.
An absence while on sabbatical leave shall not be construed as a discontinuance of service for any purpose, including progression on any applicable compensation schedule. The contractual continued service status of an Employee on sabbatical leave shall not be affected.
9.7 Leave for Military Service
Employees entering into military service shall be treated in accordance with the Federal and State laws protecting the employment rights of veterans.
9.8 Leave for Educational Meeting
An Employee may be granted leave with pay to attend an educational meeting, conference, or workshop.
A request for such leave shall be submitted on a travel request form furnished by the Employer.
Such leave may be approved with or without all or part of the expenses paid by the Employer. Approved expenses will be paid in accordance with Section 15.16 of this Agreement.
9.9 Leave to Serve in the General Assembly
A leave of absence to serve in the General Assembly of the State of Illinois will be granted without salary to an Employee elected to such office and making a request for such leave according to the laws of the State of Illinois.
A year or years served on a leave to serve in the General Assembly shall not apply as a year or years of experience on Appendix A.
In accordance with Section 24?13 of the Illinois School Code, (a) the contractual continued service status of an Employee shall not be affected because of serving in the General Assembly, and (b) an Employee employed to replace one serving in the General Assembly will not acquire contractual continued service under Article 24 of The Illinois School Code.
Access to leave to serve in the General Assembly by a probationary Employee shall constitute a break in the Employee’s continuous service.
9.10 General Leave of Absence Without Compensation
The District may grant a general leave of absence without compensation to an Employee in accordance with the following provisions:
Such leave may be granted for a specified educational service; advanced study; or prolonged illness for the remainder of the school term in which the leave begins and on the written request of the Employee may be extended for a maximum of one (1) additional school term.
In addition, such leave may be granted to serve as President of the Illinois Education Association for a maximum of two (2) school terms.
Time served on a general leave of absence shall not be allowed for credit on Appendix A and shall not apply as length of service with the Employer; provided, however, any Employee granted such leave who has completed one (1) semester or more of the school term prior to the leave shall be considered to have completed a full year for the purpose of advancement on such compensation schedule.
The contractual continued service status of an Employee shall not be affected while on a general leave of absence as provided herein.
Access to leave without compensation by a probationary Employee shall constitute a break in the Employee’s continuous service.
9.11 General Leave of Absence With Compensation
The District may grant a general leave of absence with compensation to an Employee in accordance with the following provisions
Such leave may be granted for a specified educational service or other purpose approved by the Employer.
Time served on a general leave of absence with compensation shall be allowed for credit on Appendix A and shall apply as length of service with the Employer; provided, however, any Employee granted such leave who has completed one (1) semester or more of the school term prior or following such leave shall be considered to have completed only one (1) full year of service for the purpose of advancement on such compensation schedule and service with the District.
The contractual continued service status of an Employee shall not be affected while on a general leave of absence with compensation as provided herein.
Compensation, benefits, and working conditions of an Employee on a general leave of absence with compensation provided herein shall be bargained with the Association.
9.12 Association Leave Days
Association Leave shall be granted to an Employee in accordance with the following:
The Association shall submit a written request to the Superintendent or his designee for such leave at least seven (7) days in advance of commencement of the leave. Such request shall state the specific reason for the requested leave, name of the Employee, and the day or days of the leave.
The granting of such leave shall be subject to the Employer’s determination that the Employee’s absence will not impair the quality of classroom instruction. Such leave shall be approved for either one?half (½) or all of the normal scheduled Employee workday.
There shall not be an aggregate number of Association leave days in any school term in excess of thirty (30) normal workdays for all Employees.
No more than seven (7) Employees may be absent pursuant to this Section on any one (1) school day
The Association shall reimburse the Employer the Board approved rate for substitute Employees for the current school term for each such day, provided the Employer employs a substitute for such day.
9.13 Association President Leave
The Association President shall be granted President leave in accordance with the following:
The Association shall submit a written request for such leave at least seven (7) days in advance of commencement of the leave. Such request shall state the specific reason for the requested leave and the day or days of the leave.
The granting of such leave shall be subject to the Employer’s determination that the President’s absence will not impair the quality of classroom instruction. Such leave shall be approved for either one?half (½) or all of the normal scheduled Employee workday.
There shall not be an aggregate number of Association President Leave Days in any school term in excess of ten (10) school days.
This Section shall not preclude the President from requesting Association Leave Days in accordance with the provisions of Section 9.10.
The Association shall reimburse the Employer for each such President Leave Day the cost of the President’s daily compensation in accordance with Appendix A.
The Association President shall be released from full-time teaching duties and provided Association Released Time for one (1) hour of student contact time per day. This time shall be taken in a manner which is least disruptive to the educational process in the District, and the specific schedule of released time shall be mutually determined by the Association and the Employer. The Association President shall not be responsible for those instructional duties for which the replacement Employee has been employed and it is understood that the necessary coordination between the Association President and the replacement Employee regarding parent conferences, staffings, inservices, and other required meetings shall occur so as to not disrupt the educational process. Upon return from the released time experience, the Association President shall resume full time instruction in the exact teaching assignment which he left if that position still exists, unless a voluntary transfer request by the President has been honored.
9.14 Part-Time Employee Benefits
Part-time Employees shall be entitled to sick leave, leave for jury service, leave for military service, leave for educational meetings, Association leave days, and Association president leave days as provided herein. However, such Employees shall accrue such benefits only in proportion to the number of hours they are scheduled to work as compared to a full?time Employee. (For example, a part?time Employee normally scheduled to work one?third (1/3) of the normal scheduled workday will receive only one?third (1/3) pay for each day of such benefits.) Part?time Employees shall be eligible for health and accident insurance, life insurance, Four Seasons Association participation, extra duty pay, designated committees pay, compensation for performing hourly educational assignments, participation in the tax sheltered annuity program for Employees who work one thousand (1,000) hours or more annually, and travel allowance as provided elsewhere herein. Part?time Employees shall be entitled to one (1) personal leave day. Part?time Employees shall not be entitled to sabbatical leave, leave to serve in the General Assembly, and general leaves.
9.15 Job Sharing Leave
Job sharing as defined in this section is a voluntary opportunity for two (2) Employees to share one (1) full-time teaching position or one (1) Employee to share one (1) full-time teaching position with a regularly employed part-time Employee hired by the District.
Employees who are interested in a job sharing opportunity shall submit an application for a job sharing leave to the Superintendent or his designee by February 15 of the year preceding the school year for which the leave is requested. The Employer shall notify the applicants of its disposition of the request by May 1 following the request. Each application for job sharing leave shall be granted or denied within the sole discretion of the Employer, and all such actions shall be non-precedent setting.
The length of a job sharing leave shall be for one (1) school year and may be renewed by the Employer, provided that a request must be made by February 15 by the participant to extend the leave for one (1) additional year. The Employer shall notify the applicant of its decision to extend the leave by May 1 following the requested extension.
The responsibilities of an assignment by two (2) job sharers may be divided according to a plan designed by the job sharers, subject to approval by the building administrator. This plan will include, but not be limited to teaching responsibilities, substitution procedures, schedule of work hour and/or days, and attendance at staff meetings, District meetings, parent conferences and field trips. The total planning and conference time shall time shall not exceed the planning time for a full-time Employee. This plan shall accompany and be part of the application for job sharing leave.
Participants in job sharing positions shall be placed appropriately on Appendix A of the current Agreement between the Association and the Employer, and salaries shall be pro-rated according to the time worked pursuant to Section 15.1.6 of the current Agreement. Participants shall receive a full salary step advancement credit for each school year of job sharing experience. Benefits in addition to salary shall be administered pursuant to Section 9.15 of the current Agreement.
Tenured Employees who participate in job sharing opportunities shall be considered to be on a leave of absence without compensation for those portions of the school work hours/days they are not working. Continued contractual service shall not be affected while on a job sharing leave as provided herein.