Parental Leave

The Office of the President recently clarified that under the Family School Partnership Act, employees are eligible for time off to participate in certain of their children's school activities, if the child is in kindergarten through grade 12 and if the employee is the child's parent, guardian, or custodial grandparent.

Employees must give reasonable notice of the planned absence and may be asked for certification from the child's school. The Library does not require school certification for absences of one day or less, unless there is suspicion as to the validity of the request, or unless frequency of absence is posing a problem.

After making a request and receiving approval in writing, employees should use accrued vacation and/or compensatory time for covered activities, which include PTA meetings, parent/teacher conferences, and field trips. If accrued leave is not available, employees may use approved leave without pay.

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