Wednesday, November 01, 2017
The Rules For Donating Cumulative Absence Reserve Days.
There seems to be some widespread confusion on how colleagues can donate some of their Cumulative Absence Reserve (CAR) to others in the school building who may have need for them due to medical or family emergencies.
Educators can donate CAR days to colleagues only if they have at least 50 days in reserve and no more than 180 days. The limitations were set forth by the DOE, using the following rationale.
The 50 day CAR limit allows for the donated employee to have enough CAR days if they experience a major illness or injury themselves. The 180 day CAR limitation was determined to be the upper end of an employee's sacrifice in donating days. Since educators cannot exceed 200 days, it was felt that allowing an employee to donate excess days above 180 does not make it a sacrifice since they were in danger of losing the excess days anyway.
The DOE encourages the CAR donation program since they eliminate 2 days the DOE owes the educator for every day that the educator donates to a colleague. Therefore, if you give a colleague 5 days from your CAR, the DOE eliminates an additional 5 days from your remaining CAR, resulting in a 10 day elimination of your CAR. A good deal for the DOE.
Interestingly, it seems that in my experience the colleagues that push the CAR donation program, don't usually donate themselves. The reason being that they usually have less than 50 days in their CAR Then again, unless the colleague who needs the extra days has a major illness or injury and originally had an ample amount of days in their CAR, I don't donate my CAR days to a colleague that didn't bother to accumulate his or her days when they should have while healthy.
Remember, its important to accumulate your CAR days, just in case you are subject to a serious illness or injuryand that helps pay your salary while recovering.