The Plaquemines Parish School Board may grant leave of absence, without pay, to any regularly employed teacher or other employee for periods of time not to exceed one (1) calendar year.  Such leave shall correspond with the ending date of semester periods established by the official Plaquemines Parish School System school calendar.  Such leave shall be granted by the Board, upon proper request in writing by the employee, at least sixty (60) days prior to the beginning date of such leave, except in emergencies, whenever, at the discretion of the Board, such leave is in the best interest of the school district.




  1. The employee’s request for leave without pay must be submitted in writing to the Superintendent’s office, in sufficient time to be placed on the Board agenda.

  2. Leave without pay granted by the School Board shall interrupt continuous service, and such leave shall not be included as part of the total years of service.

  3. Leave without pay shall not count toward tenure, if applicable, but shall not affect tenure rights which the applicant may have acquired prior hereto.

  4. Leave without pay shall not count as experience for pay purposes.

  5. There shall be no accrual of annual leave for twelve-month employees during a leave without pay.

  6. A person on leave without pay is subject to reduction in his/her allocation of annual sick leave days.

  7. A leave without pay shall be without compensation and benefits.

  8. No employee on leave without pay shall engage in any gainful employment except for part-time employment of twenty (20) hours or less per week and only in the event that the employee held such part-time employment for at least 120 days prior to making application for leave without pay.


Upon return from such leave without pay, the School Board may reassign an employee to a teaching, administrative, or similar position within the person’s areas of certification or job responsibility, if a vacancy occurs.  Such reassignment shall be effected in accordance with the school system’s transfer policy and procedures.


Any leave granted under this policy will run concurrently with leave to which the employee is entitled under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), see policy GBRIBA, Family and Medical Leave.  All leaves without pay granted under this policy shall be without compensation and benefits except for leave granted pursuant to FMLA.


The employee shall be obligated to pay 100% of any insurance premium during the period of leave without pay.  Premiums must be paid in advanced to the School Board’s insurance clerk.  If a payment is missed, the employee’s insurance coverage will be automatically dropped.




Any leave without pay can adversely affect retirement benefits since no retirement contributions will be made by the employer or the employee.  The time spent on leave without pay may be purchased for credit in the employee’s retirement system.  However, the employee should contact the retirement system for procedures.


New policy:  October, 2010

Adopted:  November 1, 2010



Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:1186


Plaquemines Parish School Board