Discretionary Leave Day (Support Staff)

Each employee will be entitled to one (1) day paid Discretionary Leave in each vacation year based on the employee’s scheduled daily hours of work. This Leave cannot be deferred into the following year.

The date for such Leave shall be agreed upon between the Superintendent’s Department, Director or School Principal, as the case may be, and the employee. The date may not be adjacent to any holiday period (Winter, Spring or Summer Break)

Requests must be submitted in writing, in advance, on the Division Short Leave Request Form.

The vacation year is from July 1st to June 30th and your discretionary day must be taken between those dates. Holiday period refers to the break periods Winter, Spring and Summer. Although the day cannot be attached to a holiday period, it can be attached to a long week-end.

Your request for your discretionary day should be made to your immediate supervisor with the completed Request for Short Leave of Absence Form (Absence Number 89, Reason Code DISC).

Substitutes are provided to employees who are entitled to a substitute according to the Division’s Guideline for Provision of Substitutes. All Liaison Representatives should have a copy of this or you could check with your supervisor.

Your discretionary day can be used on a no class day.

You should not be denied your request for this day. There may be times when your work location will have something special planned and your supervisor may request that your day be scheduled for another time.

To reiterate the above:

  • For this Leave:
    • can be attached to a long weekend.
    • can be used on a “no class day”
    • cannot be deferred into the following year (between July 1-June 30, of current school year only)
    • cannot be taken adjacent to any holiday period (Winter, Spring, or Summer Break)
    • must be approved by your immediate supervisor/principal
    • must complete a Short Leave of Absence Form

In order for an employee to qualify for the discretionary leave, the employee must have or will likely be employed for more than 120 full or partial consecutive days during the vacation year. Employees who are employed for more than 120 full or partial consecutive days over 2 vacation years shall be entitled to one day.

If you encounter any problems with your request, please contact the W.A.N.T.E. office 953-0250.