Statement of Intent


The purpose of a Sick Leave Bank is to provide a bridge to long-term disability and provide an employee additional paid sick leave



A catastrophic illness, disability or injury is defined as a severe condition or combination of conditions that (a) affect the physical or mental health of the employee; (b) result in a life-threatening or life function altering condition; and (c) require an extended period of absence from work.  Such life functions include, but are not limited to, loss of physical senses, loss of physiological processes or loss of limb.  Pregnancy is not considered a catastrophic illness.  However, complications resulting from pregnancy may be considered catastrophic.


Eligibility to Enroll and Participation in the Sick Leave Bank


  1. All full-time employees who are eligible for sick leave and who have completed one (1) year of continuous service with the DeSoto Parish School Board will be eligible to participate.

  2. Contribution of sick leave days from employees shall be made directly to the Sick Leave Bank and not directly to individual employees.  Three (3) separate accounts shall be established within the Sick Leave Bank:  one for teachers, one for bus operators, and one for other school employees.  Contributions to the Sick Leave Bank shall be credited to the appropriate account depending on the classification of the donor.

  3. Annual participation in the Sick Leave Bank is voluntary, but requires contributions to the bank.  Contributions shall be made at the Annual Open Enrollment Period in August of each year.  Eligible employees who do not elect to join the Sick Leave Bank within the annual enrollment period will not be permitted to join until the subsequent Annual Open Enrollment Period.

  4. To become a member of the Sick Leave Bank for FY 2012-13, an employee must complete a Sick Leave Bank Membership Enrollment Form and contribute at least one (1) day from his/her accumulated sick leave for the current school year during the Annual Open Enrollment Period.  No member shall be permitted to contribute more than one (1) sick leave day and no fractional days may be donated.  This day will be subtracted from the member’s local sick leave record and become the property of the Sick Leave Bank.  Once executed, all contributions are irrevocable. 

  5. Employees must re-enroll annually in order to participate in subsequent fiscal years.  Eligible employees must complete a Sick Leave Bank Membership Enrollment Form and contribute at least one (1) day from his/her accumulated sick leave days.  No member shall be required or permitted to contribute more than one (1) sick leave day per fiscal year.  No fractional days may be donated. 

  6. Only contributors to the bank will be eligible to apply for benefits to use the Sick Leave Bank for payment for qualifying extended illness during regularly scheduled duty days, and beyond all other available leave options (i.e. sick leave, personal leave, annual leave, extended medical leave, medical sabbatical leave, or any other available leave). 

  7. Enrollment in the Sick Leave Bank does not guarantee that an employee will receive benefits from the Sick Leave Bank.  Each request for withdrawal of benefits will be evaluated and a decision made based on the specifics of the requests. 

  8. A member of the Sick Leave Bank will lose the right to apply and be eligible for benefits by:



Eligibility & Application Process for Withdrawal of Benefits


The Sick Leave Bank is not intended to be used for short-term leaves due to routine and non-extraordinary illnesses, nor for time off covered by or related to Worker’s Compensation.  Rather it is intended to be used for prolonged catastrophic illnesses, injury, or disability such as a medically necessary surgery, illness or disability which requires hospitalization and/or convalescence or recuperation in an extended care facility or at home while under the care of a licensed physician.


  1. Use of the Sick Leave Bank will be limited to the number of days (or value) in the bank on the established contribution deadline of each year. 

  2. Pre-existing conditions known to exist by the employee on or before the date of joining the Sick Leave Bank will not be covered until one year from the date of the employee’s initial enrollment.

  3. A member requesting use of the Sick Leave Bank will be required to sign a statement attesting to the fact that the condition, which necessitated the request for days from the bank, was unknown to the employee at the time he/she became a member of the bank.  A doctor’s verification will also be required.  In case a contributor’s incapacity is of such a nature that he/she cannot personally apply for the grant, his/her application  may be submitted to the Committee by his/her agent or member of his/her immediate family member.  Requests can be submitted before the employee runs out of accumulated leave. 

  4. The maximum number days that can be granted to and withdrawn by any one member in each fiscal year will be thirty (30) working days (or value) available within the Sick Leave Bank.  Sick Leave Bank days shall be granted only for absences from working days and will not be granted for holidays, vacation days or other such days for which the member is not paid.  Employees who withdraw Sick Leave Days will not be required to pay back those days except as a regular contributing member to the bank. 

  5. An illness or injury does not qualify for coverage through the Sick Leave Bank unless it will require the employee to be absent for a minimum of 5 consecutive working days. 

  6. Members must use all available sick leave, personal leave, accrued vacation leave (if applicable), extended medical, medical sabbatical leave (if applicable), or any other type of leave before receiving days from the Bank.  A member who suffers a qualifying catastrophic illness, which extends at least five consecutive days beyond the available leave, may apply for a grant from the Sick Leave Bank on the appropriate form. 

  7. If a Bank member is granted days from the Sick Leave Bank and does not use all of the days, the unused Sick Leave Bank days will be returned to the bank. 

  8. The Sick Leave Bank may only be used for the contributor’s own personal catastrophic illness.  Illnesses for members of the employee’s immediate family (i.e. spouse, son or daughter, parent, etc.) do not qualify. 

  9. Leave from the Sick Leave Bank may not be used for a disability that qualifies the member for Workmen’s Compensation benefits or disability retirement.

  10. A catastrophic illness may require intermittent usage of the bank.  Each separate application for a grant from the Sick Leave Bank must include a new physician’s statement on the appropriate Sick Leave Bank Request for Days Form.

  11. Normal pregnancy with normal delivery will not be covered under this Sick Leave Bank policy.  Any absences associated with complicated pregnancies will only be eligible for Sick Leave Bank consideration according to the following guidelines:


  1. Any days absent prior to the birth with a doctor’s note verifying the complicating condition and the need to be off work will be eligible for consideration.

  2. Any days beyond six (6) weeks after the birth with a doctor’s note verifying the complicating condition and the need to be off work will be eligible for consideration.


  1. Addictions or the abuse of drugs, alcohol or other prohibited substances will not be covered under the Sick Leave Bank policy.

  2. All requests to draw upon the Sick Leave Bank must be made on a Sick Leave Bank Request for Days Form and submitted to the Human Resources Director within thirty (30) calendar days of the date first eligible for a grant. 

  3. All requests to draw upon the Sick Leave Bank must be accompanied by the Physician’s Statement Form confirming the cause of the catastrophic illness or confinement and certifying the existence of a disability to perform assigned duties.  The employee’s physician must personally sign the form.  The Committee will not honor any physician’s statement unless it is on the official Physician’s Statement Form or if it is signed with a stamp or facsimile signature. 

  4. The Committee reserves the right to ask the applicant to undergo a medical review by a second opinion physician.  This physician’s report is to be sent directly to the office of the Human Resources Director who will then submit it to members of the Committee for action.  The Committee will consider both physicians report before rendering a decision.


Sick Leave Bank Committee


The Human Resources Director, the Director of Business Services, the Director of Student Services, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Transportation, the School Food Services Supervisor, and a School Nurse appointed by the Superintendent shall serve on the Sick Leave Bank Committee.  The chair of the Committee shall be the Human Resources Director.  The Committee will review and determine approval or denial for utilization of Sick Leave Bank days in accordance with the provisions of this policy.


A majority vote of the members of the Sick Leave Bank Committee is necessary to approve a member’s request.  A decision on a member’s request may be made by a quorum of the Committee in the event that one or more members are not available to participate in the review.  The Committee shall notify the employee of its decision to approve or to deny the request within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the request.  The decision of the Sick Leave Bank Committee to approve or to deny requests shall be forwarded to the Superintendent for review and approval.  The Superintendent’s decision shall be final and binding, and such decisions shall not be subject to review by the School Board or subject to the School Board’s grievance procedures.


Forms and Record Keeping


  1. The Human Resource Department shall maintain all records regarding operation of the Bank.

  2. All Sick Leave Bank Membership Enrollment Forms, Sick Leave Bank Request for Days Forms, and Physician’s Statement Forms shall be kept up-to-date by the Human Resources Department and shall be available on the DeSoto Parish School Board’s website. 

  3. Copies of all completed forms shall be kept on file by the Human Resources Department.  Sick Leave Bank Membership Enrollment Form(s) shall be checked for full-time employee status and who have been employed for at least one-year within the district.


Exclusions and Limitations


The DeSoto Parish School Board reserves the right to amend the Sick Leave Bank program at any time.


Days donated to the Sick Leave Bank by each employee will be converted to a “value” based on the donating employee’s daily rate of pay at the time of the donation.  Withdrawn Sick Leave Bank days will also be based on the employee’s daily rate of pay until such time as there is no money left in the Sick Leave Bank for that year.


Sick Leave Bank Days (or value) withdrawn shall be granted within the school year or fiscal year.


Sick Leave Bank Days shall not be carried over from one school year to another or from one fiscal year to another.  Sick Leave Bank days (or value) not used in any one fiscal year will be forfeited at the end of the fiscal year.  The Sick Leave Bank shall start anew each successive fiscal year.


In no case will the withdrawal of Sick Leave Bank Days (or value) cause a member to receive more salary than his/her annual salary.


Approved:  September, 2012

Recoded from GBRHA:  March, 2018



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:500.2, 17:1202, 17:1205, 17:1206.2

La. Civil Code, Art. 1541, Art. 1542, Art. 1833

Board minutes, 9-6-12


DeSoto Parish School Board