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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 4-53.2

PERSONNEL

Family Health Care Leave

Full-time employees of the school division may request a leave of absence for Family Health Care Leave, not to exceed eighteen (18) months, with or without pay for the purpose of providing health care to a member of the employee's family under the following provisions:

A. The family of the employee will be interpreted to include parents, wife, husband, children, foster children, brother, sister, step-parent, step-children, step-brother, step-sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, foster parents, grandparents and grandchildren of the employee and/or spouse, or any relative living in the household of the employee.

B. The employee will notify the Department of Human Resources in writing of his/her desire to take such leave and, except in case of emergency, will give such notice at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the date on which this leave is to begin by submitting a letter to the Compliance Office in the Department of Human Resources. Leave under this regulation must be approved by the Department of Human Resources.

C. If the employee notifies the Compliance Office of his/her intent to return to active employment within eighteen (18) months from the beginning of the leave of absence, the employee will be assigned to the first available vacant position for which he/she is qualified, provided that if more than one employee has given notice to return from a leave of absence, the employee who has given notice at the earliest date will be assigned to the position in question.

D. While on Family Health Care Leave, an employee will have the option of continuing both hospitalization insurance coverage and group life insurance by so informing the Department of Human Resources and submitting monthly payments of the full premiums to the School Board by the fifth day of each month.

E. The first 12 weeks of Family Health Care Leave shall be credited to Family Medical Leave as described in the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 and in accordance with Regulation 4-55.1. Leave taken past the allowable time under the Family Medical Leave Act will be unpaid leave unless the employee chooses to substitute accrued paid leave.

F. Family Health Care Leave must be taken in one continuous leave of absence. Intermittent or part time leave will not be granted for leave time that does not qualify under the Family Medical Leave Act. Once the employee returns to work, any time that would have been available for leave under this regulation will be lost.

G. An employee will be entitled to request and receive Family Health Care Leave once during his/her employment with the School Board. The employee must first be qualified and receive approval for such leave. Further requests by the employee for Family Health Care leave may be granted on an individual basis and with the approval of the Superintendent.

Approved by Superintendent: July 16, 1991
Revised by Superintendent: February 15, 1994
Revised by Superintendent: November 20, 2003
Revised by Superintendent: March 8, 2006