Teachers Association of Long Beach

Transfers & Leaves

On the Job at LBUSD – Transfers

Factors in Determining Transfers:

One or more of the following factors shall be used in determining transfers initiated by employees or by the administration:

1.   Credential(s)

2.   Department major and minor fields of study

3.   Department, grade level, or team teaching responsibility in the affected schools

4.   Staffing needs of the schools (gender, ethnicity, teaching experience)

5.   Special skills in areas which are adjunct to regular duties

6.   Compliance with State and Federal law

7.   Recommendation of site interview team

When the above factors are substantially comparable, length of service in the District will determine transfers; except that in cases of equivalent length of service in the District, additional consideration will be given to the employee’s length of service at the present school site.

 


If there is an employer initiated transfer, TALB must be involved. Contact TALB immediately.


Transfer requests are due by the (31st of March).


A list of known openings for the next school year will be posted at school sites no later than March 15. Informational postings of vacancies will be sent to TALB in April, May, June, and July. In addition, a list of known secondary vacancies for the spring semester will be posted in mid-December. Each list is to include all known vacancies at that time. If you have requested a specific assignment, you should be notified of your status at the time that the position is filled. Otherwise, notification will occur with the annual distribution of notices of assignment.

Nurse and librarian transfers are subject to all of the transfer provisions in the contract and enjoy a special section which entitles them as a unit to confer with the District about equitable staffing ratios prior to the beginning of each school year (Article X, G.5).

Employees who are granted their transfer request are not eligible to apply for another transfer for three years.

Traditional School to Year Round School Transfers:
Teachers transferring from schools on traditional calendars to schools on year-round calendars shall be provided the opportunity to work additional days during the first year of service in the year-round school to assure they can earn a full year of State Teachers Retirement Service. Teachers in year-round schools who change tracks and need to work additional days to assure a full year of State Teachers Retirement Service credit shall be provided the same opportunity.

Child Development Centers/Head Start transfer provisions are different. You must check your contract (Article VIII, page 35) for those variations.

 


Leaves

Long Beach teachers have good leave provisions to meet emergency and personal needs.  Our leave policy allows for personal and professional growth, as well as opportunities to deal with the many stresses and hazards of our profession.

Not all leave procedures are delineated in the contract.  Some can only be found in District policy. If you anticipate the need for any type of leave, be sure you obtain a complete description of those policies from the District for the type of leave you need. Problems and inconsistencies should be brought to the attention of TALB.

Maternity
Keeping your doctor advised as to your employment needs is very important.  You and your doctor are the parties responsible for determining when you begin maternity leave and when you are ready to resume your assignment responsibilities. Notify the District of pregnancy on the proper form even if the estimated date of delivery is in the summer.  Complications could necessitate use of maternity or child care leave at the beginning of the school year.

Adoption
A leave of absence without pay may be granted for the purpose of adopting a child under the age of six years except in the case of a special needs child, the age of the child shall not be a consideration. Adoption leave is charged to sick leave with a maximum length of six weeks.

Paternity
Male employees may use personal necessity leave for paternity leave following the birth or adoption of a child.

Statutory
Notify TALB when you go on statutory leave. Be sure you are familiar with the established procedure. The District is obligated to communicate it to you. Be sure that you schedule your re-entry examination with the District doctor well ahead of your expected date of return. Several problems have arisen because this appointment was made too near the date the employee wanted to come back to deal with problems that arose. This is especially critical if you would/will be seeking any extension of your leave.

Personal Necessity
Up to seven (7) days per year of sick leave may be used for seven (7) of the eight (8) types of leaves included in this contract. The first seven types are quite specific so you need to refer to the contract. Whenever possible, notification should be made to the site administrator before 2 p.m. of the day before leave is to be taken.

Compelling Personal Reasons
A maximum of five (5) days per fiscal year of your personal necessity leave can be utilized for a “compelling personal reason.” Twenty-four (24) hour advance notification is required. Compelling personal days taken immediately before or after a District calendar holiday require forty-eight (48) hours prior notification, as well as substitute job number and confirmed substitute name.

Sabbaticals
The District may grant employees who have satisfactorily served seven (7) consecutive years sabbatical leave. Fifty (50) percent of salary and fifty (50) percent of fringe benefit premiums will be paid for the leave. Sabbatical leave is granted for one semester or one year. Be sure to read the section on Leaves/Sabbaticals in your contract, Article VII, pages 39-40

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