Professional purposes leave may be granted to certified personnel to participate in a professional conference or event for continued professional development, or for visitation to view other instructional techniques or programs.
Requests for professional leave shall be in writing to the principal at least two (2) weeks in advance of the proposed leave. It shall be within the discretion of the principal to deny or grant the leave. In making this determination, the principal will consider the role of the employee in the conference or event and the effect of the certified employee’s absence on the educational program and the operations of the school district. A principal shall submit the employee’s request for professional leave to the superintendent.
The requirements stated in Article III of the Master Contract between employees in the certified collective bargaining unit and the board regarding the professional purposes leave of such employees shall be followed.
Professional purposes leave may be granted to classified employees for the purpose of attending meetings and conferences directly related to their assignments. Application for the leave must be presented two (2) weeks prior to the meeting or conference.
It shall be within the discretion of the superintendent to grant professional purposes leave. The leave may be denied if it is to occur on the day before or after a vacation or holiday, on special days when services are needed, when it would cause undue interruption of school business, or for other reasons deemed relevant by the superintendent.
Iowa Code §§ 20.9, 279.8, 279.12.
Approved 01/28/91 Reviewed 03/21/2016 Revised 03/21/2016