Code No.: 414.7
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE – PERSONAL ILLNESS LEAVE
Policy: Classified employees are granted ten days of sick leave in their first year of employment. Each
year thereafter, one additional day of sick leave will be granted to the employees up to a maximum of
fifteen days. “Day” is defined as one work day regardless of full-time or part-time status of the employee.
A new employee will report for work at least one full work day prior to receiving sick leave benefits.
Current working employee will be granted the appropriate number of days at the beginning of each fiscal
year. Sick leave may be accumulated up to a maximum of 125 days for classified employees.
Evidence may be required regarding the mental or physical health of the employee including, but not
limited to, confirmation of the following: the employee’s illness, the need for the illness leave, the
employee’s ability to return to work, and the employee’s capability to perform the duties of the
employee’s position. It is within the discretion of the board and the superintendent to determine the type
and amount of evidence necessary. When an illness leave will be greater than three consecutive days,
the employee will comply with board policy regarding family and medical leave.
An employee who has a health condition which may require an absence for more than five (5)
consecutive days shall inform his/her immediate supervisor as soon as practical so arrangements may be
made for an effective transition of responsibilities to a qualified substitute. The employee shall return to
work as soon as the attending doctor determines the individual is capable of performing his/her assigned
Should the personal illness occur after or extend beyond the employee’s usage of his/her
accumulated allowance, the employee may make a request to the Board to be placed on a leave
of absence without pay.
If an employee is eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, the employee will contact the
Districts Workman’s Compensation Administrator to implement these benefits.
Legal Reference: Whitney v. Rural Ind. School District, 232 Iowa 61, 4 N.W.2d 394 (1942).
29 U.S.C. §§ 2601 et seq. (2012)
29 C.F.R. Pt. 825 (2012).
Iowa Code §§ 20; 85.33, .34, .38(3); 279.40 (2013).
1980 Op. Att’y Gen. 605.
1972 Op. Att’y Gen. 177, 353.
1952 Op. Att’y Gen. 91.
Code No.: 414.7