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404.11 Personal Illness

Personal illness leave ensures that employees can take care of health needs. Employees who are ill are encouraged to stay home.

Absence for personal illness or injury shall be allowed according to law, current collective bargaining agreements, and/or appropriate benefits summaries and staff handbooks which are incorporated into this policy by reference.

Evidence may be required regarding the mental and physical health of an employee when the administration has a concern about the employee’s health. Evidence may also be required to confirm the employee’s illness, the need for illness leave, the employee’s ability to return to work, and the employee’s capability to perform the duties of the employee’s position. It is within the discretion of the Board or the Superintendent/designee to determine the type and amount of evidence necessary. When an illness leave will be greater than three consecutive days, the employee will comply with the Board policy regarding family and medical leave.

Legal References:
Iowa Code Sections 20; 85.33; 85.34; 85.38(3); 216; 279.40


March 31, 2003
November 15, 2010
May 18, 2015
October 19, 2020

November 15, 2010
October 19, 2020


R&R – 401.11 Personal Illness  (to expire on March 13, 2021)

From January 1, 2021 – March 12, 2021, employees who have personally been quarantined and/or directed to self-isolate by a governmental agency and/or health care provider related to COVID-19 may continue to access any remaining leave in their Emergency Paid Sick Leave “COVID Emergency” leave banks made available by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Additional days will not be added to these banks. Unused days will expire and not roll forward and/or be paid out. Employees will not be able to access leave from their Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act accounts.

Employees who accessed other forms of leave for reasons that would have qualified for use of COVID Emergency leave between January 1, 2021 and January 19, 2021 may apply to have COVID Emergency leave retroactively applied to the relevant days they were absent from work, provided that they have such time available in their COVID Emergency leave banks.

Employees may not access COVID Emergency leave after December 31, 2020 for any other situations that might have previously been covered by the FFCRA, including but not limited to: exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis, caring for an individual subject to a quarantine or self-isolation order related to COVID-19, or caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for COVID-19 related reasons.

To the extent permitted by law and policy, the district reserves the right to modify the listed leave types, processes, and/or timelines due to changes in the law, organizational needs, and/or public health conditions.