Leaves of Absence

  • Paid and unpaid leaves of absence should be arranged through the Human Resource Office, in cooperation with your immediate Supervisor.

    Sick Days

    • 10 month employees—Receive 15 Cumulative sick days
    • 11 month employees—Receive 16 Cumulative sick days
    • 12 month employees—Receive 17 Cumulative sick days

    All current year sick days can be used as Family Sick as needed.

  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)


    To be eligible for FMLA, you must have worked for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months immediately before the date FMLA leave begins.

    Use of Sick Days

    • If you are eligible for FMLA, you may use sick days that you have accumulated for your own medical leave, which would allow for payment while out on leave.
    • The days or weeks which are paid coincide with the 12 weeks of the FMLA leave and are not added to the 12 weeks once sick days are extinguished.
    • Current sick days only may be used for any paid family member leave, if available.

    Medical/Dental Insurance

    If eligible for FMLA, your health benefits will be maintained by Monroe One at the same cost as if you were working for the 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, the employee will be billed at the full cost of the health benefits. (Your leave may be longer than 12 weeks, with medical documentation).

    Returning to Work

    Before returning from a leave of absence, employees are required to submit the return to work form (found on our website under Leaves of Absence) completed by their doctor stating when they are able to return.  If reasonable accommodations are needed, the employee needs to contact the Human Resources Office.

    HR will send you a HR Info Sheet summarizing your leave, benefits, available days and any additional important reminders.  Unpaid leaves are sent to the Board of Education and may receive a Board letter to sign and return to HR. 

    Keep in mind that leaves are like a snowflake and no situation is alike. There are many varying factors for employees. HR will work with you directly to explain your personal situation and any steps you need to take.

Absences/Leaves FAQ

  • 1. How Do I Request a Leave?

  • 2. What is FMLA?

  • 3. Who qualifies for FMLA?

  • 4. Do we participate in New York State Paid Family Leave?

  • 5. What if my doctor says I qualify for NYS disability?

  • 6. I was out 6 or more days for illness such as flu so do I need to apply for FMLA?

  • 7. When does HR require a medical note?

  • 8. Do I need to keep my department informed of my leave?

  • 9. What do I need to do to extend my existing leave?

  • 10. I had intermittent leave on file last school year. Can it continue?

  • 11. Am I eligible for FMLA leave if I need to take a leave for myself or family member?

  • 12. What days do I use for maternity or for extended sick leave?

  • 13. I’m having a baby so will I be paid for 12 weeks?

  • 14. I am ill or need surgery and have exhausted all my sick time. Am I eligible for a leave?

  • 15. Can I take a leave for a seriously ill family member?

  • 16. I want to return from medical leave. When can I return?

  • 17. Can I donate my unused Sick days to another employee?

  • 18. Can I apply for more than 1 leave a year?

  • 19. Do I have to take a full or half day for a doctor’s appointment?

  • 20. What is the difference between Sick and Family Sick days?

  • 21. What happens if I need to use a Personal day before a holiday for something scheduled out of my control?

  • 22. What do I need to do if I have to call in sick?

  • 23. How do I know how many Sick, Personal and Vacations days I have?

  • 24. Is there an Emergency Sick Bank, and are we required to contribute to this bank?