Special leave is absence from duty allowable to employees with approval of the Superintendent or designee, for example, the performance of professional or civic duties. Requests for special leave are to be addressed to the Superintendent or designee in writing.
A. Professional Duties
Absence from duty without loss of pay or benefits is allowable for the reasons listed below:
- To serve as delegates or officers for professional organizations when the interest of the school division is involved.
- To visit model projects of interest to the school division.
- To assume major community responsibilities when the interest of the school division is involved.
- To attend certain special conferences when the interest of the school division is involved.
- To attend professional meetings outside of the city when approved by the Superintendent.
- To perform other professional and civic duties when approved by the Superintendent.
B. Jury Duty and Subpoenaed Witnesses
An employee who is summoned to serve on jury duty, or an employee (except a defendant in a criminal case) who is summoned or subpoenaed to appear in court, may be granted special leave with pay. The employee should provide his or her supervisor with reasonable notice and a copy of the summons or subpoena. The employee is not required to use sick, vacation, or personal leave as a result of the absence from employment, due to such jury duty or court appearance. Any payment received from the courts may be retained by the employee.
In the case of the death of an immediate family member, full-time and part-time employees may be absent without loss of pay and without sick leave deduction for a period not to exceed three (3) days per occurrence.
Adopted by School Board: March 6, 2018
Code of Virginia §18.2-465.1