Office of Employee Benefits – Leaves of Absence

Employee Benefits, Leaves and Retirement, in the Office of Personnel Services, is part of the Department of Human Resources, and is responsible for administering Board of Education (Board) and Human Resources (HR) approved leaves of absence and conversions.

Leaves of Absence and Conversions (Conversion of Personal Illness to Family Illness)

Application:  To apply for a leave of absence or conversion, please click on the Application for Leave of Absences and Conversions to download the application.  Please complete the application and review the Leave Requirements and Information Sheet related to the leave or conversion for which you are applying. You can obtain the Leave Requirements and Information Sheet for a particular leave of absence by clicking on the type of leave in the chart below.

The Baltimore County Public Schools offers both HR and Board approved leaves of absence and conversions for employees.  Eligibility for these leaves may vary according to the laws, regulations, and the specific bargaining unit agreements. 

HR Approved Leaves (less than 90 days) Board Approved Leaves (more than 90 days)

Type of Leave:

Adoption*

Conversion of Personal Illness to Family Illness*

Maternity*

Paternity*

Short-term unpaid (non-FMLA) leave

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Birth and care of the newborn child
  • Placement with the employee of a son/daughter for adoption or foster care
  • Care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition
  • Medical leave when the employee is unable to work due to a serious health condition
  • Serious Injury or illness of a covered service member for military family leave
  • Qualifying exigency for military leave

*These leaves run concurrently with FMLA, if the employee is eligible.  Please use the FMLA Certification of Healthcare Provider form below.

Type of Leave:

Academic leave

Child Rearing

Military

Personal

Personal Illness

Sabbatical

Unusual and Imperative Leave

 

Additional Forms Needed:

For Adoption, Conversion of Personal Illness to Family Illness, Maternity, Paternity, and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), use the forms below:

Short-term Unpaid Leave (non-FMLA)
Medical Certification for Leave Request (Non-FMLA Leaves)

All HR-Approved Leaves:
Return to Work Certification

Additional Forms Needed:

Personal Illness Leave:
Medical Certification for Leave Request (Non-FMLA Leaves)

All Board-Approved Leaves:
Return to Work Certification


Leave Policies and Additional Resources

Bargaining Unit Agreements – the bargaining unit agreements can be found on the Office of Staff Relations web page http://www.bcps.org/offices/staff_relations/master_agreements/

Baltimore County Public Schools’ Policies & Rules:
Policy 4203
Rule 4203

Additional Resources:

Cigna, CareFirst, and Kaiser Permanente offer pre-natal care information for employees.  Employees should click on the links below to obtain information on pre-natal care/healthy baby care from their individual insurance carrier:
            www.cigna.com
            www.carefirst.com
            www.kp.org
Department of Labor (DOL) Fact Sheet #28 – Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
Department of Labor Final Rule on FMLA
Department of Labor Military Family Leave Entitlement
Department of Labor Military Family Leave Provisions of the FMLA
Employee Rights and Responsibilities under the Family Medical Leave Act

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding FMLA
Frequently Asked Questions: Final Rule to Implement Statutory Amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act
Employer's Guide to Military Family Leave

Contact Information:

Kelly Marks
Specialist, Retirement and Leaves 
kmarks@bcps.org
410-887-8016 

  Kelly Hammond
Personnel Analyst, Leaves 
khammond@bcps.org
410-887-3979 
  6901 Charles Street
Building E, 2nd Floor
Towson, MD 21204
Confidential Fax:  410-296-1305
 


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