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Sweetwater Un HSD |  AR  4118  Personnel

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Compulsory Leave

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall immediately place on compulsory leave of absence any certificated employee who is charged with committing: (Education Code 44830.1, 44940)

1. Any sex offense as defined in Education Code 44010

2. Any offense involving the unlawful sale, use or exchange to minors of controlled substances as listed in Health and Safety Code 11054, 11055 and 11056, with the exception of marijuana, mescaline, peyote, or tetrahydrocannabinols

Upon receipt of notification from the Department of Justice by telephone that a current temporary employee, substitute employee, or probationary employee serving before March 15 of the employee's second probationary year has been convicted of a violent or serious felony, that employee shall be immediately placed on leave without pay. (Education Code 44830.1)

(cf. 4112.5/4312.5 - Criminal Record Check)

Upon receipt of written electronic notification of the conviction from the Department of Justice the employee, as specified above, shall be terminated automatically, and without regard to any other termination procedure. (Education Code 44830.1)

The Board of Trustees also may require an immediate compulsory leave of absence when a certificated employee is charged with "an optional leave of absence offense" as specified in law. (Education Code 44940)

The compulsory leave may extend for not more than 10 days after the entry of judgment in the proceedings. However, the Board may extend a certificated employee's compulsory leave by giving notice, within 10 days after the entry of judgment in the proceedings, that the employee will be dismissed in 30 days unless he/she demands a hearing. (Education Code 44940, 44940.5)

(cf. 4117.4 - Dismissal)

The Board shall report to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (formerly the Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing) any action it takes in connection with extending a compulsory leave beyond 10 days. (Education Code 44940.5)

Employee compensation during the period of compulsory leave shall be made in accordance with Education Code 44940.5.

Legal Reference:


44009 Conviction of specified crimes

44010 Sex offense - definitions

44011 Controlled substance offense - definitions

44660-44665 Evaluation and assessment of performance of certificated employees

44830.1 Criminal record summary certificated employees

44932 Grounds for dismissal of permanent employee

44933 Other grounds for dismissal

44938 Unprofessional conduct or unsatisfactory performance; notice of charges

44940 Sex offenses and narcotic offenses; compulsory leave of absence

44940.5 Compulsory leave of absence; procedures; extension; compensation; bond or security; reports

44942 Suspension or transfer of certificated employee on grounds of mental illness

44944 Conduct of hearing

44948.3 Dismissal of employees on probation

45055 Drawing of warrants for teachers

51530 Advocacy or teaching of communism


3543.2 Scope of representation


11054 Schedule I; substances included

11055 Schedule II, substances included

11056 Schedule III, substances included

11357-11361 Marijuana

11363 Peyote

11364 Opium

11370.1 Possession of controlled substances with a firearm


667.5 Prior prison terms, enhancement of prison terms

1192.7 Plea bargaining limitation


Crowl v. Commission on Professional Competence (1990) 225 Cal. App. 3d 334 (275 Cal.Rptr. 86)


approved: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California