(Closed) Teacher bees! Help please!

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

targetlover:  I would recommend going to your union rep and talking to them regarding your leave. They will know best and it varies district to district. Yes, you get 12 with FMLA – I dont know if vacations count. If you’re expecting this fall, I would tell your principal ASAP. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I agree with weatherbug, your union rep will be able to answer this much better, it really depends on where you live.  Does your principal know yet? Once you tell them they can help you look at the schedule too. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Yes check with your union rep. It depends when people were hired after you too. You could lose seniority if someone was hired at the same time or right after you if you take unpaid days off

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We have a dedicated HR person in our district who goes over it all with you. Check into your HR department. And FMLA only counts for paid contracted days. So things like Winter Break or holidays do not count as they are not part of your 190 working contract days or whatever your contract consists of. So you get those days without using any FMLA. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

targetlover:  I am a former teacher now Stay-At-Home Mom and your breaks do not count as part of your leave. Because those days are paid vacation for everyone!

My daughter was due mid april and I planned it so my last day was the day before spring break (good thing I did because she was born the day we went back to school!). So I only ended up taking 7 weeks off because the school year ended. You definitely need to plan your length of leave with your principal prior to your baby being born. Whoever covers your leave needs to know when they’re contracted thru. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would talk to your HR department.  My son was born right at the beginning of our Spring Break, and that week did count into my leave.  It may be different for every district, so only your HR department would really be able to tell you.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

targetlover:  FMLA starts after you run out of sick days.  My understanding has always been 12 calendar weeks…regardless of days off EXCEPT summer.   If you have a baby in june you can use FMLA in the fall but not sickdays in the fall.

 

I agree with PP to sit down with HR.   In my school they count everything out on a calendar for you.   I definitely think you would need to getin your letter for the BOE asap if youre due in the fall.

 

Best wishes!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

targetlover:  I’m also a teacher in NJ, so I know this question!!!  I’ve already had one LO and have another one on the way.

NJ is one of the few states that has it’s own family leave laws, so it’s different from the rest of the US. You should really, really read up in NJFLA law–my district was NOT interpreting the law correctly until I started reading up on it and actually called the NJ department of family leave in Trenton to ask questions.

If you have disability insurance (I had it through Aflac, but you have to sign up pre-pregnancy) and you give birth during the school year, then NJFLA states that you are first entitled to a disability period for yourself after childbirth, THEN you are entitled to 12 weeks for child rearing.  Your disability and child rearing can NOT run concurrently.  The fenderal FMLA laws say that CAN run concurrently, but since you are NJ, you get the extra time.

My district previously told everyone that disability and fmla run concurrently and each person gets 12 weeks total.  That is not the law.

As far as sick leave, districts vary on this.  I have a friend that teaches in another district in NJ and her district allows her to take disability, THEN any sick days she has, THEN 12 weeks child rearing.  So she got quite a bit of time off.  My district only allows (after I disagreed with them over it) the disability period + the child rearing 12 weeks. You can use your sick days to be paid during the unpaid 12 weeks, but you can’t take additional days, if that makes sense.

 

Since I just had a child 2 years ago, my leave will work like this:  I give birth in August (summer holiday).  My “disability period” is decided by my obgyn, who typically signs off on 6 weeks for vaginal and 8 weeks for C sections. This starts immediately after I give birth, regardless of the summer holiday–so I get 6 weeks starting the day I give birth, and will be paid by disability insuracne.  Then, I get an additional 12 weeks for NJFLA child rearing which will go until midway through December–only 10 of those days will be paid from my sick days because I only have 10 days banked up since having my last child.

 

BUT don’t forget NJ’s FLI (family leave insurance).  You print the paperwork online and send it in to the state and you get a family leave stiped–it’s like $500 a week for 6 weeks.  It’s not a lot, but it’s something!  Every person who has worked full time in NJ for 1 year gets to draw from FLI.  Your workplaces has to fill out some sections of the paperwork, and you can’t send it in until you give birth.

 

Hope that helps!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

OH, and according to NJ state law, Holidays that are more than half the week (like Winter break or spring break) can NOT count towards your 12 weeks NJFLA.  Shorter holidays that are only 1-2 days do count.

Don’t count on either your union or your HR being aware of all of this–my district was not aware and had been doing it slightly wrong for years.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

targetlover:  oh yeah, I forgot to mention before that if you are tenured, most districts allow 1 year with your excact job back and 2 years with A job, somewhere.

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