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Leave Entitlements
Maternity Leave
A period of disability for birth and recovery, shall be granted to all mothers giving birth. Please review the Maternity Leave section for a full description of Leave Entitlements and Provisions.

Family Medical Leave
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees who meet the federal eligibility requirements, up to 12 workweeks or 60 workdays of unpaid, job-protected leave a year for the diagnosis of a serious medical condition for you, a spouse, parent or child, birth of a child, adoption or placement of a foster child and/or a qualifying exigency that arises from an employee's spouse, child or parent who is on active duty or has been called to duty for the National Guard or Reserve in support of a contingency military operation. Please review the Family Medical Leave section for instructions on eligibility and how to request this leave. 

WA State Paid Family and Medical Leave
The Paid Family and Medical Leave program is a mandatory statewide insurance program administered by the Employment Security Department (ESD), which provides paid family and medical leave to eligible employees. Washington's Paid Family and Medical Leave program does not replace the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and in many cases PFML and FMLA will run concurrently. 

Paid Family and Medical Leave is a state program. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal program. In short, Paid Family and Medical Leave does not replace FMLA. While there are some similarities between the programs, there are also notable differences such as:

• The state program (Paid Family and Medical Leave) provides paid leave. FMLA is unpaid leave.

• Paid Family and Medical Leave is based on typical workweek hours, not to exceed 12 times the typical workweek hours during the claim year. An employee may take up to 12 workweeks of leave with FMLA.

• Paid Family and Medical Leave includes grandchildren, grandparents, sons- and daughters-in-law, siblings and those who rely on you for care as qualifying family members, in addition to parents, spouses and children.

• Paid Family and Medical Leave is funded through premiums paid by employers and workers.

For more information, please visit the WA Paid Family Medical Leave website. 

Parental Leave
Under the federal law, all FMLA eligible employees may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave in a 12 month period following the birth, adoption, or legal custody of a child. If you wish to request this leave, please follow the instructions provided in the Parental Leave section for additional information.

Leave Share
The District's Leave Share Program allows other employees within the District to donate sick leave on your behalf, for a serious health condition, care for a parent or child with a serious health condition and Parental Leave. Please review the Leave Share section for full instructions on how to request consideration under this program. 

Bereavement
An employee shall be allowed bereavement leave for the death of any relative residing in the employee's household and/or the following family members: spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, siblings, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece and nephew. The number of days of leave should not exceed five (5) per occasion of death. These days are not cumulative or transferable. No deductions from salaries or sick leave shall be made during these days. If you report your absences through the sub finder system, please contact your regional Sub Office Coordinator for the dates of your request. If you are an employee that reports absences via time sheet or employee online, please check in with the Human Resources Leave and Accommodations Analyst for eligibility and further information regarding this leave. 

Educational and/or other Personal Leave Requests
Please review your Collective Bargaining Agreement for provisions regarding unpaid time for non-medical personal leave provisions. All non-medical leave requests must be reviewed and approved by Human Resources ahead of time. Please contact the Human Resources Leave and Accommodations Analyst with the details of your request and initiate the request process. 


Military Leave
This is a request for time away from work to fulfill duties and obligations for certain types of active or inactive duty in the National Guard or as a Reservist of the Armed Forces. Please review the Military Leave section for instructions on eligibility and how to request this leave. 

Domestic Violence Leave
It is the intent of the District to foster a safe and supportive community for all employees, students and visitors. Employees who experience the effects of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault are encouraged to utilize job-protected leave from the workplace in order to seek and obtain assistance. Please contact the Human Resources Leave and Accommodations Analyst for a confidential review of your options.