LEAVES OF ABSENCE
If an Occasional Teacher (OT) is going to be absent from work for a year or major fraction therefore, they are strongly advised to request a leave of absence from the Board. The Board assumes that every OT is available for work unless an OT informs them otherwise.
Please note that making yourself unavailable through SmartFind Express (SFE) is not the same as requesting a leave of absence.
Part B, Article 11 (page 60) of our Collective Agreement states:
11.03 (iii) An occasional teacher, who because of illness, pregnancy, paternity, adoption of a child, becomes unavailable for assignment, shall be retained on the Board's Occasional Teacher Seniority Roster in an inactive status during the period of such unavailability but not for longer than two (2) school years at a time. An occasional teacher may request an extension to the aforementioned leave. Such requests may be approved at the sole discretion of the Superintendent of Human Resources, which shall not be exercised in an unfair or unreasonable manner.
11.03 (iv) An occasional teacher, who because of personal reasons becomes unavailable for assignment, shall be retained on the Board’s Occasional Teacher list in an inactive status during the period of such unavailability but not for longer than one school year. Longer absence, if necessary, will be subject to the approval of the Superintendent of Human Resources.
11.04 Any occasional teacher becoming unavailable for assignment pursuant to 11.03 (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) above shall inform the Superintendent of Human Resources of the date of commencement of and return from the period of unavailability.
Requests for leaves of absence, as indicated above, must be submitted to the Superintendent of Human Resources, Michael Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org). OTs can submit their request via email using their Board email address.
Once the leave ends, the Board expects the OT to return to work.