Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The Cumulative Absence Reserve.
Every school year educators get 10 days of paid "sick leave', credited on the 16th of every month during the school year (September to June). On that day a sick day is added to the educator's Cumulative Absence Reserve (CAR). Of the 10 days, up to 3 can be used as a "personal day". However,the educator must receive prior approval from the Principal.
Contrary to what you may have heard, the teacher does not need to supply a medical note to take a "self-treated" sick day. Even if its ten consecutive days! However, if the teacher is caught using the time by taking a vacation or working another job, expect the DOE to file "theft of service" charges and seek termination under section 3020-a.
Teachers who exhaust their CAR days can borrow up to 20 sick days from the DOE for legitimate illnesses. Beyond that, the teacher can take unpaid leave either through the Family Medical Leave Act or approved disability. The maximum sick leave that a teacher can accumulate is 200 days. Teachers who exceed the 200 day limit must use the extra sick days by the end of the school year or lose them.
Educators can donate unused sick days to a ill colleague on a two for one basis. For every day given to a colleague, the donor loses two days in his or her CAR balance. Educators can only donate days if the teacher has at least 50 days or no more than 180 days in his CAR. For appointed teachers who are absent 20 consecutive days without notifying the DOE, the DOE will assume that the teacher has resigned. For ATRs, the new contract's special rules that will start in the 2014-15 school year will allow only two consecutive days for an ATR to not show up to the school and since the ATR is absent without notification the DOE will assume that the ATR resigned.
On occasion an appointed teacher who takes more than 10 days an, be rated either "Satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory due to attendance" by the Principal. However, for ATRs, special rules already apply and if the ATR exceeds 10 days, the ATR will be automatically rated "unsatisfactory" by the field supervisor, regardless how many days the ATR has in the CAR.
For educators who retire the DOE will pay the retiree, 1 day for every 2 days of unused sick leave.and will distribute the payouts in three checks, usually every six months. However, if the teacher decides to try out retirement , he or she can take terminal leave where the DOE will pay the teacher a day's pay as if the teacher is still an active member, for every two days in the CAR. However, the payment ends when either the CAR balance is zero, or when the semester ends. The remaining CAR balance will be paid out with a check. If the teacher decides to unretire and still has CAR days in the bank, then the teacher must notify the DOE that he or she is coming back and must do it before January or June, depending which semester the teacher started the terminal leave.
For coaches, summer school teachers and other selected school activities additional sick days are credited to the CAR for working in those and other programs after the school day or year.