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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 4-53.3


Parental Leave

Employees may request a continuous leave of absence, with or without pay, not to exceed eighteen (18) months, for the purpose of childbearing and/or child rearing a newborn child or a newly adopted or placed foster child, as follows:

A. An employee may request parental leave to commence upon or after the birth of his/her child. Prior approval must be obtained before leave will be granted. Any leave taken after Family Medical Leave is exhausted will be unpaid leave unless the employee chooses to substitute accrued annual or personal reasons leave. An employee returning from Parental Leave will not be entitled to request another term of Parental Leave until such employee has worked for at least one calendar year and has worked at least 1250 hours during such year.

B. An employee adopting a child, upon request, may be granted Parental Leave to commence at any time during the first year after receiving de facto custody of said child, or prior to receiving such custody, if necessary in order to fulfill the requirements of adoption.

C. If the employee notifies the Department of Human Resources of his/her intent to return to active employment within eighteen (18) months from the beginning of the parental leave, the employee will be assigned to the first available vacant position for which qualified, provided that if more than one employee has given notice pursuant to this paragraph, the employee who has given notice at the earliest date will be assigned to the position in question. The employee shall return only at semester breaks. Once the employee returns to work, any time that would have been available for leave under this regulation will be lost. The employee will not accrue any leave (annual, personal or sick leave) during the period approved.

D. While on parental leave, an employee will have the option of continuing hospitalization insurance coverage and group life insurance by so informing the Department of Human Resources and submitting monthly payments of the full hospitalization insurance premiums (employer and employee portion) to the School Board by the fifty day of each month.

E. The first twelve (12) weeks of Parental Leave shall be taken in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act as described in Regulation 4-55.1. Employees receiving approval will be compensated for a maximum of twelve (12) weeks using available leave balances. If both parents are employees of the School Board, only one parent will be entitled to take Parental Leave upon the birth or adoption/placement of a child.


Approved by Superintendent: July 16, 1991
Revised by Superintendent: January 18, 1994
Revised by Superintendent: January 18, 1998
Revised by Superintendent: November 20, 2003