• Absences, Leave, Retirements, Resignations

    How many days notice have to be given to retire or resign?
    We are being flexible.  However, the sooner the District is notified by the employee, the sooner the position can be posted and filled to ensure Humble ISD students continue to receive the support they need. Employees can retire/resign by completing the online Retirement/Resignation Form. There will be no penalty from Humble ISD this year for missing retirement and/or resignation deadlines.

    What leave options are available to me?  
    Multiple leave options are available for employees depending on their individual circumstances. HR will assist employees with explaining those leave options so that employees can decide what is best for them and their families.  

    Leave options will depend on the employee’s individual circumstances. For example, different leave options are available for an employee who has a lab confirmed positive test than an employee who is identified as a close contact but has no symptoms. We would encourage all employees to discuss his/her COVID-19 situation with their supervisor and for specific leave questions contact HR at hr@humbleisd.net. Possible leave may include the options below. This is not an exhaustive list, and not all types of leave are available under all circumstances.  

    Note: Employees are not required to take any of these types of leave if they are deemed a close contact per the TEA definition and if he/she was acting in good faith within the scope of his/her duties.

Type of Leave How much time can I take?  Is the leave paid? Who qualifies?
Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)

(“EPSL” or “Emergency Leave”)

Up to 10 work days (80 hours)

Days do not necessarily need to be taken all at once.

Yes. The amount of pay will depend on the reason the employee qualifies. Most employees will be paid at 100% subject to a cap. Both full time and part time employees are eligible starting from their first day of work with Humble ISD.

Some qualifying reasons include an employee who:

(1) Tests positive for COVID-19;
(2) Has symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a medical diagnosis (but does not have it yet)
(3) Caring for someone who has tested positive or has symptoms and is seeking a diagnosis
(4) Caring for a child due to a school or daycare closure and the employee cannot work from home

Leave under Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)

No change from past years.

Up to 12 weeks over a 12 month period No, but personal/sick days may be used at the same time. Employees must be employed by Humble ISD at least 12 months.

Qualifying reasons are the same as past years including serious medical conditions for the employee or a close relative.

Emergency FMLA Leave/FMLA+ Leave Up to 12 weeks Partially paid. The amount will vary based on the circumstances. Employee must be employed by Humble ISD at least 30 days.

The only qualifying reason is caring for a child as a result of a school or daycare closure for COVID-19.

Temporary Disability Leave

No change from past years.

Up to 180 days No, but personal/sick days may be used at the same time. All employees with a personal medical issue qualify.
  • If I test positive for COVID-19, how long will I be away from work?
    You may return to campus when at least 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared, symptoms have significantly improved, AND at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (for example you are no longer taking fever medication and have no fever without it for 24 hours). 

    If I have fever or some other COVID-19 symptoms, will I be required to get tested for COVID-19 and provide the school with documentation of the results?
    No, but you will be asked to follow the guidelines for an unconfirmed case with symptoms. You may return to campus when at least 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared, symptoms have significantly improved, and at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (for example you are no longer taking fever medication and have no fever without it for 24 hours). 

    For employees who have symptoms but never tested positive for COVID-19, if you want to return earlier, you can provide a medical professional note clearing you based on a different diagnosis or two separate negative, acute infection tests taken at least 24 hours apart from a testing location approved by the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) (TDEM Approved Testing Site List).

    What if I tested positive for COVID-19 over the summer?  Will I need to test again before coming back to work?
    The District will not require you to test.  You may return to campus when at least 10 days have passed since symptoms appeared, symptoms have significantly improved, and at least 24 hours have passed since recovery (for example you are no longer taking fever medication and have no fever without it for 24 hours). 

    If a teacher's child needs to quarantine, will the educator parent be required to use their sick days?
    Multiple leave options are available for an employee caring for their own child.  Please see the chart and responses above.

    If teachers have children in other districts that choose different models of school with split sessions or etc. how would that be handled?
    Each family needs to make choices that are best for them and still meet their professional responsibilities like all other careers.