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
The number of leaves granted in any one (1) year shall be left to the discretion of the Board of
Military Leaves of Absence
The Board of Education will grant military leave as required by law and as described in Board
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.
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
St. Charles School District, St. Charles, Missouri
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