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Centinela Valley Union HSD |  AR  4361.1  Personnel

Personal Illness/Injury Leave   

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Full-time certificated employees are entitled to 10 days leave of absence for personal illness or injury (sick leave) per school year, with full pay. Employees working less than five days per week shall be granted comparable sick leave in proportion to the time they work. (Education Code 44978)

(cf. 4161/4261/4361 - Leaves)

(cf. 4161.9/4261.9/4361.9 - Catastrophic Leave Program)

Unused days of sick leave shall be accumulated from year to year without limitation. (Education Code 44978)

At the beginning of each school year, employees shall be notified of the amount of sick leave they have accumulated.

Any certificated employee who leaves the district after at least one year of employment and accepts a certificated position in another district, county office of education or community college district within one year shall have transferred with him/her the total amount of accumulated sick leave. The district shall not require new employees to waive their leave accumulated in a previous district. (Education Code 44979, 44980)

Sick leave may be used by a certificated employee in accordance with the collective bargaining unit agreement.

An employee shall notify the district of his/her need to be absent as soon as such need is known. This notification shall include an estimate of the expected duration of absence. If the absence becomes longer than estimated, the employee shall so notify the district. If the duration of absence becomes shorter than estimated, the employee shall notify the district not later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of return from leave.

(cf. 4121 - Temporary/Substitute Personnel)

Sick Leave Beyond 10 Days

A certificated employee shall receive 50 percent of his/her regular salary during any period of absence due to illness or injury up to five months, beginning after all available paid leave has been exhausted.

After five months, if a certificated employee has exhausted all available sick leave and is not medically able to resume his/her duties, the employee shall be placed either in another position or on a reemployment list. If the employee is on probationary status, he/she shall be placed on the reemployment list for 24 months beginning at the expiration of the five-month period provided pursuant to Education Code 44977; if on permanent status, the employee shall be placed on the reemployment list for 39 months. If during this time the employee becomes medically able, he/she shall be returned to employment in a position for which he/she is credentialed and qualified. (Education Code 44978.1)

(cf. 4116 - Probationary/Permanent Status)

Verification Requirements

After any absence due to illness or injury, the employee shall verify the absence by submitting a completed and signed district absence form to his/her immediate supervisor.

The Superintendent or designee may, at any time, require additional written verification by the employee's physician or practitioner. Such verification shall be required whenever an employee's absence record shows chronic absenteeism or a pattern of absences immediately before or after weekends and/or holidays or whenever clear evidence indicates that an absence is not related to illness or injury.

The Superintendent or designee may require an employee to visit a physician selected by the district and at district expense in order to receive a report on the medical condition of the employee. The report shall include a statement as to the employee's need for further leave of absence and a prognosis as to when the employee will be able to return to work. If the report concludes that the employee's condition does not warrant continued absence, the Superintendent or designee may, after giving notice to the employee, deny further leave.

Before returning to work, an employee who has been absent for surgery, hospitalization or extended medical treatment shall submit a letter from his/her physician stating that he/she is able to return and stipulating any recommended restrictions or limitations.

(cf. 4032 - Reasonable Accommodation)

(cf. 4113.4/4213.4/4313.4 - Temporary Modified/Light-Duty Assignment)

Legal Reference:


44964 Power to grant leave of absence in case of illness, accident or quarantine

44965 Granting of leaves of absence for pregnancy and childbirth

44976 Transfer of leave rights when school is transferred to another district

44977 Salary deduction during absence from duties

44978 Provisions for sick leave of certificated employees

44979 Transfer of accumulated sick leave to another district

44980 Transfer of accumulated sick leave to a county office of education

44981 Leave of absence for personal necessity

44983 Exception to sick leave when district adopts specific rule

44986 Leave of absence for disability allowance applicant


233 Illness of child, parent, spouse or domestic partner

234 Absence control policy


5601 Transfer of accumulated sick leave


approved: December 14, 2010 Lawndale, California