Upon the recommendation of the superintendent or designee and in accordance with the law and district policy, staff may be granted leaves unless the applicable collective bargaining agreement provides otherwise.
Association Leave is granted subject to the conditions outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.
Bereavement Leave is granted subject to the conditions outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.
BIRTH OR ADOPTION OF A CHILD
The district will grant leave upon the same terms to male employees as is available to female employees upon the birth or adoption of the employee’s child. Leave will be granted upon the same terms to employees who become adoptive parents or stepparents, at the time of birth or initial placement for adoption of a child under the age of six, as is available to employees who become biological parents. Such leave is available only when the child lives in the employee’s household at the time of birth or initial placement.
The board recognizes that the demands of the workplace and of families need to be balanced to promote family stability and economic security for school district employees. Conditions for the authorized use of accumulated sick leave for emergency leaves are to be fairly construed in a manner consistent with state and federal law and other relevant district policies. In the event the staff member’s sick leave has been exhausted, the leave may be granted without pay.
District staff members may use accrued sick leave to care for a member of said employee’s immediate family and household where such a member of the employee’s immediate family is unable to care for themselves.
FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)
The Family Medical Leave Act requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to “eligible” employees for specific family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for Yelm Community Schools for at least one year and for 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months. Yelm Community Schools requires the use of paid leave when it is available. Yelm Community Schools defines the leave year as a rolling 12-month period measured backward from the date on which the employee uses any FMLA leave.
JURY DUTY / SUBPOENA LEAVE
Jury Duty / Subpoena Leave is granted subject to the conditions outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.
A staff member may use accumulated, paid sick leave for the period of actual disability attributable to pregnancy or childbirth. This period of disability shall extend from the date of birth for a period of not more than 60 days, unless an actual period of disability which begins prior to the date of birth or continues beyond 60 days is otherwise verified in writing by the employee’s physician.
Military Leave is granted subject to the conditions outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.
Personal Leave is granted subject to the conditions outlined in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.
PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE (PFML)
The Paid Family and Medical Leave program is administered directly by the Washington Employment Security Department. PFML provides up to 12 weeks of paid time off to “eligible” employees for specific family and medical reasons and certain military-related events. Employees may be eligible if they have worked 820 hours in Washington (approximately 16 hours per week) during the qualifying period. If you know you will be applying for Paid Family and Medical Leave, you must provide written notice to your employer(s) at least 30 days in advance of the date.
UNPAID HOLIDAYS FOR REASON OF FAITH OR CONSCIENCE
District employees may request up to two days of unpaid leave for reasons of faith or conscience subject to certain conditions listed in Policy 5409.
All available leave options may not be specifically listed; other personnel leave options may be available to you. Please refer to your collective bargaining agreement for additional information. You may also contact the Human Resources office (458-6105) with any inquiries. (Policy 5404 and other cross-referenced policies)
The district’s leave sharing program allows district employees to donate sick leave/annual (vacation) leave days which are eligible for leave sharing to an employee who is suffering from, or has a relative or household member suffering from, an extraordinary or severe illness, injury, impairment or physical or mental condition. This program is intended to extend benefits, in a manner consistent with state law, to an employee who otherwise would have to take leave without pay or terminate his/her employment with the district. For additional information, please contact Payroll at 458.6136.
Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs, activities, or employment opportunities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Civil Rights: Julie Mondry, 360.458.1900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360.458.6120, email@example.com
504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360.458.6124, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 107 First St. N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.
Yelm Community Schools will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding bilingual education, contact the Office of Student Support at 360.458.6124.