UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ACTION REVIEW

 

 

1st Reading

9/10/02

 

New

X

2nd Reading

10/08/02

 

Revised

 

Approved

10/08/02

 

Substitute

 

 

005.0675  Association Leave Policy

1.0       PURPOSE & PHILOSOPHY

The Board of Education recognizes the value of employee associations to the educational process and the associations' interest in bettering the educational climate in the schools. This policy governs paid association leave for Uintah School District employees.

2.0       DEFINITIONS

2.1       "Association" for purposes of this policy means only those associations recognized as the representatives of District employees.

2.3       "Paid Association Leave" for purposes of this policy means leave from a school district employee's regular school responsibilities, without a deduction of leave or pay, that has been approved by the superintendent or his/her designee and which directly benefits education within the Uintah School District.

2.4       "Costs and expenses" for purposes of this policy means salary, social security taxes, retirement, and health insurance.

2.5       "Supervise" for purposes of this policy means to grant, document, and account for costs and expenses connected with paid association leave.

 

3.0       POLICY

3.1        An employee may be granted paid association leave by the District if duties performed by the employee on paid association leave directly benefit education within the Uintah School District.

3.2       An employee requesting paid association leave must submit a written request on the “Request for Association Leave” form.  The form for such leave must be submitted to the superintendent or his/her designee at least five (5) working days prior to the date of the requested leave and must be signed by the association president.

3.3       All paid association leave shall be approved and supervised by the superintendent or his/her designee. The supervising administrator shall document such leave and account for costs and expenses connected with such leave.

3.4       During the hours of paid association leave a District employee may not engage in political activity, including:

3.4.1    actively campaigning for candidates for public office in partisan and nonpartisan elections; and

3.4.2    fund raising for political organizations, political parties, or candidates.

3.5       Any employee on paid association leave who undertakes any activity that does not qualify for “paid association leave” under this Policy is not, as to those activities, acting as an employee or agent of the District, and those activities are deemed to be outside the scope of the employee’s District employment.

3.6       Individuals applying for association leave must meet all the requirements above to be paid out of District funds. Individuals will be required to reimburse the District for the costs and expenses of any association leave activities that do not provide a direct benefit to education within the Uintah School District.

3.7       Individuals and/or associations will be required to reimburse the District for the cost of the substitute for the employee only when a substitute is hired.

3.8       This policy does not prohibit an employee from taking personal leave or vacation in compliance with the District leave policy to participate in association leave which does not qualify as paid association leave.

3.9       The superintendent, or his/her designated representative, shall supervise all District employees on paid association leave to ensure that the requirements of this Policy are met.

4.0       PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS

Any willful violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination in accordance with the Utah Orderly School Termination Procedures Act or Utah Code, Section 53-A-8-104.