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    Pursuant to RCW 28A.400.380, RCW 41.04.665, Chapter 392-126, and Board Policy 5400, the District has developed the following guidelines to administer its employee shared leave program.

    An employee is eligible to receive shared leave from other District employees under the following conditions:
    The employee suffers from, or has a relative or household member suffering from, an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition which is of extraordinary or severe nature and which has caused, or is likely to cause, the employee to either go on leave without pay status or terminate employment1;
    • The employee’s job is one in which annual leave or sick leave can be used and accrued;
    • The employee’s absence and use of shared leave are justified;
    • The employee has depleted all annual/sick leave reserves;
    • The employee has abided by District rules regarding sick leave use;
    • If applicable: the employee has diligently pursued and been found to be ineligible for benefits under Chapter 51.32 RCW (worker’s compensation);
    • The employee may not receive more than 261 days of shared leave for the entire duration of employment.
    The following criteria establish the eligibility to donate annual (vacation) or sick leave:
    • Employees, who accrue annual (vacation) and sick leave, may choose to donate annual leave or sick leave;
    • Employees may donate annual (vacation) leave provided the donation does not cause their annual leave balance to fall below eighty hours. Additionally, an employee may not donate excess annual leave (hours in excess of 240) that the employee would not be able to take due to an approaching anniversary date;
    • Only the useable portion of annual leave may be donated;
    • Employees may donate no more than six (6) days of sick leave in any twelve (12) month period, and must not cause the sick leave balance to fall below 176 hours.
    • Any donated leave not used by the recipient in connection with the specified and approved illness, or injury, will be returned to the donor.
    A complete Shared Leave Request Application packet consists of the following:
    1. Shared Leave Request Part I
    2. Shared Leave Request Part II
    The Seattle School District reserves the right to periodically verify that employees receiving shared leave remain under the provisions of RCW 41.04.

    1 “Extraordinary or severe” as used in this Administrative Guideline means “serious or extreme and/or life threatening.” WAC 392-126-065. Examples might include: cancer, major surgery, chemotherapy, broken back, organ transplant, AIDS, fetal endangerment, etc. Pregnancy is not per se a qualifying condition under these Guidelines, though an employee may be eligible to receive shared leave under this program if the employee suffers from, or has a relative or household member suffering from, a pregnancy-related condition that is of an extraordinary or severe nature, and/or which results in the employee’s incapacitation.