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The Board of Education recognizes that the personal welfare and the professional growth of its employees may require occasional extended absences from duty. The Board is also cognizant that adequate provision for leaves of absence is recognized as a desirable personnel practice that is beneficial to both the system and the employee.

Therefore, leave of absence without pay or benefits for a school year may be granted by the Board to regularly appointed staff members who have completed at least five (5) consecutive years of service to the district immediately preceding the year in which the request is made. Written request to the Board should be made prior to March 1 preceding the year of requested absence unless the purpose of the leave is related to health reasons. Leave without pay or benefits may be granted for the following reasons or for such other reasons that the Board believes appropriate.


        Approved study

        Approved travel

        Family responsibilities


If applicable, the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will be followed as required by law.

Staff members who are granted a leave of absence will return to duty at the salary for which they are qualified. The employee will confirm his or her intention to return to his or her position by informing the superintendent prior to March 1 preceding his or her return. While assurance cannot be given that he or she will return to the identical assignment, the assignment given will be comparable. Upon their return, employees granted extended leave will be credited with the accumulated sick leave and sick leave reserve to which they were entitled prior to their leave of absence.

The number of leaves granted in any one (1) year shall be left to the discretion of the Board of Education.

Military Leaves of Absence

The Board of Education will grant military leave as required by law and as described in Board policy.


1.       Pursuant to federal law, employment and re-employment rights shall be maintained for periods of service up to five (5) years or more as required by statute.


2.       Pursuant to state law, employees taking military leave are entitled to up to 120 hours of paid leave for military duty. Pay will only be available for hours of military leave that occur at a time when the employee would otherwise have been required to be at work.


3.       Leaves for military service will not be counted as continuous full-time service when computing tenure but shall not impair tenure previously acquired nor affect any credit toward tenure previously earned.


4.       After initial employment with the district, time spent on military leave shall be counted in determining placement on the salary schedule.

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Note:  The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.


Adopted:       10/14/1993


Revised:        01/15/2004


Legal Refs:    § 105.270, RSMo.

16 C.S.R. 10-4.014

Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301 - 4333

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