Sabbaticals - Support

A. The purpose of sabbatical leave is to enable an educational support employee to pursue an activity that would benefit the school system in obtaining teacher certification.

B. Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, sabbatical leave will be granted up to seven (7) applicants per year based on funding available. Requests for sabbatical leave must be received in writing by the Superintendent by March 1 of the preceding year for which the leave is requested. All applications will receive equal consideration regardless of when submitted within the above time frame.

C. No applicant with an unsatisfactory rating on the prior year’s evaluation will be considered.

D. To be eligible, an educational support employee must have completed five (5) full years of active service in the Frederick County school system. An educational support employee who has completed a sabbatical will be considered only after applicants who have not had a sabbatical.

E. An applicant who intends to study must register for a minimum of 12 semester hours per semester or equivalent hours pertaining to certification of said position, unless an exception is granted by the executive director of human resources. When the sabbatical is completed, the educational support employee shall present to the executive director of human resources adequate verification of the work or experience completed.

F. An educational support employee on sabbatical leave for either one-half of the school year or for the full school year, will be paid by the Board at 50% of the salary rate which the employee would have received if the employee had remained on active duty provided that the educational support employee agrees to return to employment with the Frederick County Public School system for a period of one (1) year. Should the educational support employee not return to the service of the Board, the educational support employee will be required to refund the salary granted for the sabbatical leave.

G. Upon return from sabbatical leave, the educational support employee will be placed on the salary schedule at the level which the educational support employee would have achieved had the employee remained actively employed in the school system during the period of absence.

H. If an employee is taking sabbatical leave solely for the purpose of student teaching/internship, the sabbatical leave would only be for the duration of the student teaching/internship. For this instance, the employee will be paid 100% of their salary rate, and their current support position will be held. When the student teaching/internship is completed the employee would return to their current position.