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Temporary Leave of Absences

Family and Medical Leave (FLMA) Disclosure

Eligible employees may take Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) for absences greater than three days for a qualifying condition. If eligible, FMLA will be applied to all qualifying temporary leaves of absence.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Personal Illness – for a serious health condition that prevents the employee from performing the essential functions of the employee’s job.
  • Maternity/Paternity/Adoption – for the birth or placement of a child for adoption or foster care.
  • Family Member Illness – for a need to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition.
  • Military – Qualifying exigencies arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is on active duty or call to active duty status as a member of the National Guard or Reserves in support of a contingency operation.

Additional information on FMLA →

Overview of Each Condition

Maternity/Paternity/Adoption

Required Documentation

Completed forms should be sent directly to the Howard County Public Schools, Office of Human Resources. They may be faxed to 410-313-1565 or scanned and email to hrleaveofabsence@hcpss.org. Doctor’s offices may also fax the completed form directly to this office.

Visit our Staff Help Site for answers to frequently asked questions about maternity and paternity leave.

Personal Illness

Employees who have been/will be absent for more than 10 consecutive days need to apply for a leave of absence with the Office of Human Resources.

Required Documentation

Completed forms should be sent directly to the Howard County Public Schools, Office of Human Resources. They may be faxed to 410-313-1565 or scanned and email to hrleaveofabsence@hcpss.org. Doctor’s offices may also fax the completed form directly to this office.

Visit our Staff Help Site for answers to frequently asked questions about leave due to personal illness.

Family Member Illness

Employees who have been/will be absent for more than 5 consecutive days need to apply for a leave of absence with the Office of Human Resources.

Required Documentation

Completed forms should be sent directly to the Howard County Public Schools, Office of Human Resources. They may be faxed to 410-313-1565 or scanned and email to hrleaveofabsence@hcpss.org. Doctor’s offices may also fax the completed form directly to this office.

Visit our Staff Help Site for answers to frequently asked questions about leave due to family illness.

Military

Employees who have been/will be absent for more than 5 consecutive days need to apply for a leave of absence with the Office of Human Resources. Eligible HCPSS employees are afforded 15 days of paid military leave on an annual basis.

Required Documentation

Completed forms should be sent directly to the Howard County Public Schools, Office of Human Resources. They may be faxed to 410-313-1565 or scanned and email to hrleaveofabsence@hcpss.org. Doctor’s offices may also fax the completed form directly to this office.

Visit our Staff Help Site for answers to frequently asked questions about leave due to military obligations.