A Texas school district has changed its policy and teachers who use more than their allotted time off could risk termination.
Houston Independent School District teachers are granted 10 total leave days per school year from the district and the state. Starting this academic year, all days off must be approved and restrictions apply to how many days teachers can take off in a row.
Teachers who have run out of leave time and need more days off will be prohibited from taking unpaid leave and could face disciplinary action, including losing their jobs, the policy states.
“I had a teacher call me this morning who was almost hysterical, because she said she has cancer. She had a pre-approved doctor’s visit today for a procedure that she’s having next week, and her principal told her that she could not leave because she would not get paid,” Houston Federation of Teachers union president Jackie Anderson said.
“When you work with children, you are subject to get sick at any time,” she added.
Teachers who have used their 10 days off will not be allowed “docked days” or “discretionary use of leave,” but eligible employees could still qualify for family and medical, military or temporary disability leave.
A docked day is when an employee is denied pay because they do not have enough leave time to cover an absence. No employee may be absent for more than 15 days of discretionary leave, regardless of how much leave is in an employee’s leave bank.
H/T Fox News (read more at FoxNews.com)
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