Unpaid leave may be used to excuse an involuntary absence not provided for in other leave policies of the board. Unpaid leave for personnel must be authorized by the superintendent.
Whenever possible, personnel shall make a written request for unpaid leave five (5) days prior to the beginning date of the requested leave. If the leave is granted, the deductions in salary shall be made unless they are waived specifically by the superintendent.
The superintendent shall have complete discretion to grant or deny the requested unpaid leave. In making this determination, the superintendent shall consider the effect of the employee’s absence on the educational program and school district operations, their length of service, previous record of absences, the reason for the requested absence and any other factors the superintendent believes are relevant to make this determination.
If unpaid leave is granted, the duration of the leave period shall be coordinated with the scheduling of the educational program whenever possible to minimize the disruption of the educational program and school district operations.
The requirements stated in the Master Contract for PCM Community School District between employees in a certified collective bargaining unit and the board regarding the unpaid leave of such employees shall be followed.
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 20.9; 279.8.
Approved 01/28/91 Reviewed 03/21/2016 Revised 03/21/2016