Leaves of Absence
At Tulsa Public Schools, we provide a generous package of paid leave to eligible employees, including sick, vacation, personal business, emergency and bereavement leave, among others. Sometimes situations arise where you need to be away from work for an extended period for personal or family reasons. Eligible team members who have worked for the district for at least 12 months and for at least 1,250 hours in the last 12 months may be entitled to up to 12 weeks/60 days of unpaid leave for qualifying reasons under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
In addition, we offer extended leave when eligible team members need extended time away from work. More details about the different leave types we provide to eligible team members are available here. If you need time away from work, our team is here to help you understand what leave may be available to you and support you in the process.
- I need time away for my own medical condition
- I NEED TO CARE FOR A FAMILY MEMBER WHO HAS A MEDICAL CONDITION
- THERE'S BEEN AN EMERGENCY OR DEATH IN MY FAMILY
- I NEED TO CARE FOR A NEWBORN BABY OR NEWLY PLACED ADOPTED OR FOSTER CHILD
- I WAS INJURED WHILE AT WORK
- I need leave for military duty
- I WANT TO PURSUE FURTHER STUDY OR TAKE A SABBATICAL
If you need time off work for your own personal medical condition, including pregnancy, childbirth or recovery from childbirth, you may be entitled to FMLA-covered leave. Extended leave may also be available. If you need an extended period of time off work or need leave intermittently for your own medical condition, tell your Principal or Supervisor and complete and return this packet to Compensation and Benefits.
If you need time off work to care for a family member with a serious health condition, or to care for a covered servicemember who is your family or next of kin, you may be entitled to FMLA-covered leave. Extended leave may also be available to care for family members. If you need an extended period of time off work or if you need leave intermittently to care for a family member or a covered servicemember, tell your Principal or Supervisor and complete and return this packet to Compensation and Benefits.
We provide up to 5 days of emergency leave and up to 5 days of bereavement leave for eligible team members. Team members who need time away from work for a qualifying emergency or death should inform their Principal or Supervisor that they need time off for those reasons. You may be asked to provide proof of the emergency or of the death or the family relationship.
Leave is also available to eligible team members for qualifying military exigencies under the FMLA. Please see the FMLA policy for more information on this type of leave. If you need this type of leave, tell your Principal or Supervisor and he/she will give you a packet to complete and return to Compensation and Benefits.
FMLA leave or extended leave may be available for eligible team members who need time off for pregnancy and/or childbirth and recovery from childbirth. FMLA leave or extended leave may also be available to allow eligible team members to care for a newborn baby or a newly-placed adopted or foster child. If you need leave for this reason, tell your Principal or Supervisor and complete and return this packet to Compensation and Benefits.
Our team members’ health and safety is of paramount importance to the district. If you are injured at work, it is essential that you report your injury right away to ensure you timely receive medical attention, as you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits under Oklahoma state law. If you are injured at work, notify the health assistant (if at a school) and your supervisor immediately.
Sometimes, team members require time off from work to recover from or to receive treatment for a workplace injury. You may be placed on FMLA leave or an extended leave of absence if you require extended or intermittent time away from work. Compensation and Benefits will contact you if additional information is needed from you or your healthcare provider to place you on a leave status after a workplace injury.
Tulsa Public Schools provides military leave to team members in accordance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and state law. In accordance with state law, team members who are members, either officers or enlisted, of the National Guard or any branch of the United States Military or its reserve components will receive their full regular pay during the first thirty (30) calendar days of a leave of absence, not to exceed two hundred forty (240) hours, of such a leave of absence in any federal fiscal year, when ordered by the proper authority to active or inactive duty or service. If you need time off work for military duty, please inform your supervisor and contact Compensation & Benefits.
Eligible team members may take leave for up to two years to pursue further study. One year of sabbatical leave may also be available to eligible teachers. More information about these types of leave is available here. You are encouraged to talk with your Principal or Supervisor if you are interested in this type of leave.