Community service added to leave
states school leave policy has been expanded and renamed.
July, the school leave policy, in effect since 1993, quietly expanded
from eight to 16 hours, and the range of permissible leave activities
was broadened to the point where it was rechristened community
service leave. Where the old policy provided leave only
for school-related activities, such as attending parent-teacher
conferences or chaperoning field trips, the new policy now encompasses
hours spent volunteering for community service organizations that
provide services to the handicapped and disaster victims, or provide
health, welfare or emergency services.
University employees use the community service leave, according
to Rose Mundie, leave supervisor with U.Va. Human
Resources, but specific figures are not available.
who wish to use this leave must receive approval from their supervisor,
who may require written verification from the school or organization
that will benefit. State guidelines allow supervisors to deny
the leave request if its scheduling will disrupt the departments
expanded policy covers members of volunteer fire departments,
rescue squads and their auxiliaries responding to emergencies
during work hours or arriving late at work due to an emergency.
Employees may also use the time to perform hands-on volunteer
activities, such as delivering meals to the elderly, but they
cannot take community service leave for planning meetings or social
functions of the organization.
said she has not seen an increase in volunteerism since the new
policy took effect.
majority of the people use it for school. They just have eight
more hours to use, she said.
policy applies to parents and guardians with children in preschool
through high school; even those who home-school their children
may use it to meet with local school officials and take field
its limited duration, the leave is intended to be used to volunteer
in the local community. Assisting with longer-term disaster relief,
such as working in New York City after the terrorist attacks,
falls under a different policy, Mundie said.
employees receive a proportional amount of community service leave.
There is no carry-over, nor any pay-out for unused leave to employees
leaving state service.