Extended Absences

Information about Family Medical Leave and Leave of Absences

Leave of Absence (LOA) Application Deadline was March 1, 2021 -

Employees who intended to request or extend a Leave of Absence (LOA) for the 2021-2022 school year must have indicated their intentions before/by March 1, 2021. Employees who were on an approved LOA request must have indicated whether they intended to extend (if applicable), return to work, or pursue other options. Additional information about leaves of absences and the application process can be found on the Leaves of Absence website.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Employees who have at least 12 months of employment with FCPS and have at least 1,250 hours of service during the previous 12-month period are eligible to apply for Family and Medical Leave. Family and Medical Leave may be granted for incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or for childbirth; caring for newborn, newly adopted or foster child(ren); caring for a family member with a serious health condition; or for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform their job. Learn more about FMLA, including the eligibility requirements and application process.


Leaves of Absence (LOA)

FCPS provides two types of leaves of absence (LOA) to help employees meet their personal and professional needs: designated and non-designated.

  • A Designated LOA is provided for specific purposes, and documentation supporting the LOA is required. An employee doesn't need to have worked for FCPS for a specified time period prior to requesting this type of leave. An employee may request a designated leave of absence for any of the following reasons: child care, illness, hardship, military active duty, and student teaching, internships, or professional certifications for employees who are obtaining their initial teacher licensures, licenses in a critical field, or professional certifications for non-teaching employees.
  • A Non-designated LOA is available to employees after five continuous years of working for FCPS. An employee may request a non-designated LOA for any reason, including but not limited to the following: study, employee organization business, political activity, overseas spousal diplomatic assignments, professional enhancement, etc.

Learn more about an LOA, including the eligibility requirements and application process.

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