Code No.: 409.6
LICENSED EMPLOYEE – PERSONAL ILLNESS LEAVE
Licensed employees will be granted fifteen days of sick leave in their first year of employment. “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. A currently 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 150 days for licensed employees.
Evidence may be required regarding the mental or physical health of the employee when the administration
has a concern about the employee’s health. Evidence may also be required to confirm 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 or 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 the board policy regarding family and
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 duties.
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.
The requirements stated in the Master Contract between employees in the certified collective bargaining
unit and the board regarding the personal illness leave of such employees will be followed.
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); 216; 279.40 (2013).
1980 Op. Att’y Gen. 605.
1972 Op. Att’y Gen. 177, 353.
1952 Op. Att’y Gen. 91.
Code No.: 409.6