WHEATLAND – The Platte County School District No. 1 voted to approve a paid parental leave policy for employees at its last meeting.
Teachers and staff will now be able to take three weeks of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child.
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“Six years ago, a lot of teachers in our district retired and there were lots of new teachers entering the district. Many of them have children and not much in the way of leave. Only nine days of paid leave,” explained longtime Wheatland High School teacher Susan Schomburg. “It’s 2019, women dominate the education field, why not be on the cutting edge of offering desirable benefits?”
Proponents to the policy met with the school attorney near the beginning of last year to start working on the details and negotiating with the district. Eligible employees must have been full-time employees for at least 90 days. Three weeks will be compensated at 100 percent of their regular pay, and an additional nine weeks of unpaid leave is available.