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Parental and Supplemental Leave

Section 513.3 | Board Report 17-1206-PO2 | Date Adopted December 06, 2017

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That the Chicago Board of Education (“Board”) amend Board Report 05-0824-PO4, the Supplemental Family and Medical Leave Policy and rename Parental Leave and Supplemental Leave Policy.


To establish eligibility criteria and terms and conditions for leaves for employees of the Board of Education in accordance with Board Rule 4-12 which are supplemental to leaves under the Family and Medical Leave Act. This policy is supplemental to the Board’s policy on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as amended from time to time. This December 2017 amendment is to rename the current policy and remove all references to the Family and Medical Leave Act.


I. Authority

The Chief Executive Officer or designee shall grant paid Parental Leaves and Supplemental Leaves authorized by this policy to eligible employees in accordance with this policy. The Chief Executive Officer or designee may establish additional procedures for leaves as necessary for the efficient administration of this policy.

II. Types of Supplemental Leaves Authorized

This policy authorizes the Chief Executive Officer or designee to grant the following types of leaves and establishes eligibility criteria and other terms and conditions for the leaves authorized under this policy: supplemental child-rearing leaves, supplemental personal illness leaves, and supplemental family illness leaves.

III. Paid Parental Leave

Parental leave shall be granted to any regular full-time employee who:
(1) has been employed for a minimum of 12 months; (2) is eligible for a Family and Medical Leave under Board policy; and (3) is the non-birth parent of a child born to the employee’s spouse or civil partner or adopted by the employee or the employee’s spouse or civil partner. The Parental leave must be taken within one (1) year of the child’s birth or adoption. The paid parental leave runs concurrently with FMLA leave and will be considered and administered as a FMLA and Supplement Leave under Board policy. An eligible employee will receive 100% of base pay for up to ten (10) consecutive work days while on Parental Leave.

IV. Relationship of Policy to Family and Medical Leave Act Leave of Absence for All Employees Policy

Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leaves of absence shall be granted to eligible employees before any leave of absence is granted under this policy. The Board’s policy on FMLA shall govern leaves of absence taken pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act. All supplemental leaves of absence for medical or family related reasons provided in this policy shall run concurrent with any FMLA leave granted.

V. Employees Eligible for Supplemental Leaves

All employees, other than substitute teachers, retired teachers, and miscellaneous employees, shall be eligible for supplemental family and medical leaves as set forth in this policy provided that they meet the eligibility criteria set forth in the applicable sections below.

VI. Full-time Appointed (Tenured and Probationary) Teachers – Supplemental Leaves - Eligibility, Seniority, Pay and Duration

VII. Temporarily Assigned Teachers – Supplemental Illness Leaves - Eligibility, Seniority, Pay and Duration.

VIII. Educational Support Personnel, Principals, Assistant Principals, and Certificated Administrators– Supplemental Illness Leaves – Eligibility, Duration, Pay and Seniority.

Policy References

Amends/Rescinds Amends 05-0824-PO4 (Note: Replaces former Board Rules 4-33, 4-34, 4-37 and 4-37.1 which were repealed by 05-0824-RU1)
Cross References 02-0724-PO02 and Board Rule 4-12 12 [Note: Board Rule 4-12 was amended on August 28, 2013 to eliminate position protection for Principals and Assistant Principals during a supplemental leave and this Rule amendment supersedes any provision in the Supplemental Family and Medical Leave Policy to the contrary.]
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