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PERSONAL TIME

Q. How many Personal Days am I entitled to during a school year?
A. All full-time BTF Unit members are granted 5 Personal Days per year.  These days are credited prior to the beginning of the school year.

Q. How do I apply for a Personal Day/s?
A. The Board uses a form entitled “Application for a Short-Term Absence/Leave From Regular duty” for the application.  Complete this form to qualify for a personal day and submit it to your payroll school.

 

Q. What part of this form do I complete?
A. This form is used for many purposes for different bargaining units.  For a Personal Day, complete the form by listing:
1) Your name
2) The date of absence
3) Check the fourth box "with absence to be charged to Personal Business Leave".
4) Check the second box "with substitue to be provided".
5) Sign "Applicant's signature".

Q. When must I supply a reason?
A. Only when the leave request is for the day before or after a paid holiday.

Q. Do I have to explain “reason for request”?
A. Usually personal business should be personal.  Keep it that way. No reason is usually necessary.

Q. The form indicates I need to give a reason for the day preceding or following a weekend?  Why?
A. Again, this form is used for various groups of employees.  BTF Unit members do not have to give a reason for a Friday or Monday unless it is the day before or after a holiday.

Q. Does it hurt to give a reason when I am not required to provide a reason?
A. Yes, it might.  Please do not provide a reason, even verbally, unless required to do so by your contract.

Q. Do part-time teachers get Personal Days?
A. Part-time teachers receive pro-rated personal leave benefits based on the amount of time worked.

Example: If you are an 8/10 employee (teach 4 of 5 periods or 4/5 of the work day for the School you are assigned to), you should receive 4 Personal Days a year.

Q. Do I need to use a Personal Day if I am required to be in court and I am not responsible for my appearance?
A. No. Absence for service required by law, court order or other governmental authority beyond your control is not charged to Sick or Personal time (Article XXXI, Section C).  This section includes, but is not limited to, jury duty.

Q. What happens if I do not need to use all my Personal Days in a given school year?
A. Personal days do not accumulate as Personal Days.  They are converted to Sick days after July 1 and “new” Personal Days are credited to your account.