All days of the year preceeding or following scheduled acadmic and professional development days are deemed the employee's annual leave. The school year generally opens at the beginning of August and closes after the second week of June. All new employees are expected to report approximately two weeks before returning faculty, usually in the third week of July.
Compassionate leave is only offered to individuals on full-time foreign hire contracts. During the time of the contract, and with the approval of the Head of School, the employee may be granted leave for the imminent death, terminal illness, or death of an immediate family member. Such leave only covers the death of relatives specifically mentioned in the Supplemental Terms of Employment.
The terms of the SSIS Birth or Adoption Leave is full described in the Supplemental Terms of Employment. It is important to note that leave must begin no later than the date of birth for the child or the date the parents take possession of an adopted child.
Leave must be taken contiguously and may not be divided. Leave days which fall during annual leave, school holidays, and weekends are still counted towards the maximum number of days.
Up to two days of paid personal leave may be used each school year with prior approval of the divisional principal and the Head of School. Requests for personal leave shall be submitted to appropriate divisional principal ten (10) days prior to the proposed date of absence, when possible. Personal leave is only granted for absences within HCMC due to circumstances beyond the control of the staff member, such as business that cannot be conducted at any other time. Examples of appropriate use of personal leave would include religious obligations or attendance at a legal hearing that has been scheduled during the workday.
The number of available qualified substitute teachers may limit the number of personal leave days that may be granted at any one time. Unused personal leave days are reimbursed at a rate of USD $50 gross per day at the end of the school year.
All full-time employees who are covered under the School’s comprehensive medical insurance are eligible for ten-days per year of sick leave. A maximum of ten (10) paid leave days are authorized for each academic year for illness and/or family medical emergencies.
The employee may accumulate unused sick days to a maximum accrual of thirty (30) days over the course of three separate contracts. Any unused leave merits a USD $50 gross per day bonus at termination of employment, or following the third year of employment, for unused days exceeding the 30 day maximum accrual. Sick leave is intended for treatment, care, and/or recuperation that must occur during the working day. Except for medical emergencies, or days when the teacher is ill, or similar circumstances, medical care should be arranged at times outside of regular school working hours. Teachers absent for more than three consecutive days must provide a doctor’s certificate for the absence.
Sick leave may be used to care for a sick dependent residing with the teacher or for emergency childcare.
Should a teacher take addtional sick leave (personal or for the care of a dependent) that is not granted under this policy, the teacher’s pay will be deducted at the daily rate of that teacher.
The following statement applies to all contracts:
Leave without pay may be authorized in advance by the Head of School, and will be contingent upon the operational needs of the School. Pay will be deducted from the next monthly salary payment at the daily rate of pay calculated against the annual base salary. Such leave is considered in extraoridnary cases and is not considered a right of the employee.