Extended Leave a Benefit?

Federal FMLAand current MSD policy.

As the state continues to struggle with finances, particularly for education, discussions are taking place as to non-financial benefits for school district staff. One of these has to do with extending leaves of absence beyond the 12 week Federal FMLA leave required by law. Many districts are being asked to look at this issue and before I get into policy updates I’d like to get a feel for what those both in and outside the district think. The time frame that has been asked for is 1 year leave of absence without pay. I will say one of my biggest concerns is how will this affect the children in the classroom, and how will accountability play into this? Let me have your comments and questions.


About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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1 Response to Extended Leave a Benefit?

  1. kilroysdelaware says:

    Even 12 weeks is disruptive to students. The important thing is to get a high qualified longterm replacement.

    As far as accountably, there needs to be room for circumstances and the building principal professional input should carry great weight. We can’t have a ridged zero tolerance accountability system for teachers.

    Thinking as a parent, my biggest concern would be the classroom transition when the teacher leaves and comes back. If the leave is foreseen there should be some prep time for transition. Certainly in a case of an emergency it would be a different story.

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