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The Professional

Winter 2016

Baby Bonding Leave

California recently passed AB 375 and AB 2393 giving certificated (as of January 2016) and classified (as of January 2017) school district employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of differential paid leave after birth or placement of a child for foster care/adoption.

If an employee chooses to take Baby Bonding Leave, they are entitled to up to 12 workweeks of differential pay, which is the difference between the employee’s daily pay and the cost of their sub ($135 for days 1-20 and $175 for days 21 and longer. The days do not have to be consecutive. All days of baby bonding leave after day 20 will be deducted at the $175 rate.) During this time the employee will remain in a paid status, including health benefits. This leave can be taken for 12 consecutive weeks or in a minimum of two week increments over the course of the child’s first year of life/placement in the home.

Baby Bonding Leave can be taken any time after Maternity Leave ends (6-8 weeks after birth for a woman or after the baby is born for a non-birthing parent.) The leave must be completed by the baby’s first birthday or 12 months after the child’s placement in the home. The employee has the right to utilize their accrued sick time during this leave, but is not required to do so. They may opt to receive differential pay if they do not wish to exhaust their bank of sick leave. Individuals should also consider their personal financial needs. Using sick leave would provide full pay, and differential would provide reduced pay.

Human Resources must be notified at least four weeks prior to the start of the Baby Bonding Leave. This leave does not affect an employee's STRS credit, and they can still move on the salary schedule. Baby Bonding Leave is a paid status and therefore does not count against working a minimum of 75% of the school year. Any of the 12 weeks of Baby Bonding Leave that are unused during the current school year may be rolled over to the next school year as long as it is still within the window of the child’s first year. School must be open at least three days in a week for the week to be counted toward the 12 weeks of Baby Bonding Leave.  

Baby Bonding Leave is calculated for up to 12 weeks per child. If both of the parents work for the district, the 12 weeks will be split between them. If both parents work at the same site, it is up to their site/administrator as to whether their Baby Bonding Leave may overlap. Sites may allow the parents to alternate their leaves.

Baby Bonding Leave is separate from an Unpaid Child Rearing Leave. Click HERE to learn more about that type of leave.

More information about Baby Bonding Leave is available at the Maternity Leave Workshops hosted by the EGUSD Human Resources Department. Contact the EGUSD Human Resources department with questions or to attend one of these workshops.

To learn more about taking leaves, click HERE to refer to the EGEA website page on leaves.

Thank You Measure M
Phone Bankers!!!


Thank you to all the people who supported the phone banking efforts during the last few months. We estimate nearly 1000 educators, parents, volunteers, and administrators came together to help the success of this campaign.

Special thanks to EGUSD Board Member Bobbi Singh Allen for providing Steve's Pizza each week and Sandra Aboufares of the Kabob House for cooking meals two nights a week. Consider supporting these local businesses if you have the opportunity to do so. 

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Giving Thanks

Recently Mrs. Keyport of Johnson Middle School received a communication from a former student. It's a great reminder that our impact as educators may not be known immediately, if ever. 
"Hey Mrs. Keyport! I don't know if you will remember me or not but I am a former student of yours. I was that foster kid that always used to vent to you about all my troubles. It's really late that I just now found a form of communication with you. Nonetheless I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Being a child that lost both parents at such an early age, I found myself turning to my teacher for guidance and acceptance. I kind of wanted to be babied a little. I wouldn't have been able to get through my hardships alone if it weren't for you and all of the teachers God has placed into my life. To be honest, you were the only person I talked to as far as what my life situation was back then, and I NEEDED that. I had no friends. And I was separated from my family. Thank you for doing more than just your job when it came how you treated me. Now, 6 years later, I find myself as a college graduate going to Georgia Military College, with the intention of finishing at Valdosta State University to be... a teacher. You inspired me to keep going. And now that I look back I see that you didn't just inspire me to keep going but you inspired me to take a certain path in life. I want to be a teacher because I want to be to someone else, what you were to me. Your class was more than a class. And you were more than a teacher to me. Right now I'm in my third semester and I just started my first college Biology class. Most of this is stuff you taught me. It reminded me of you so I searched for you on online. This stuff is a bit unfamiliar now but I just want to say that I may have forgotten the material in class, and I may have forgotten the specifics of our talks at lunch. But I will never forget the way you poured into my life. And the way you were there for me. And the way you inspired me. From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you for everything Mrs. Keyport."  

Winter Holidays Office Closure 

The EGEA Office will be closed from Thursday, December 22, 2016 and reopening on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017. We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday break.

EGEA Bargaining Survey

Click HERE to access the results of the EGEA Bargaining Survey. Typically the bargaining survey includes a section for comments which was inadvertently left off of last month's survey. Therefore, if you would like to submit a comment, you can click HERE to log into the EGEA polling area to do so. The window for comments will be December 14, 2016-January 6, 2017.

Raffle Winners

Congrats to the two EGEA members who recently won a raffle for Amazon Kindles, thanks to the CTA Community Engagement Grant. The two lucky winners are Tina Taniguchi (pictured above) of Case Elementary and Lucas Triffo of Marion Mix Elementary.  Enjoy!!!
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