• The Family and Medical Leave Act

    If an employee is absent from work for three (3) consecutive days or longer for a serious health condition for themselves, their spouse, their minor child or parent, the employee must notify Human Resources and complete the appropriate paperwork for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

    To be eligible for FMLA, an employee must have been employed with the district for one (1) year and worked at least 1,250 hours during that 12 month period. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave.

    FMLA Leave Reasons – 12 week leave

    • For the birth of a child and the first year care, or placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care;
    • For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; or
    • To care for an immediate family member that has a serious medical condition;
    • For any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a military member on covered active duty.

    An eligible employee who is a covered servicemember’s spouse, child, parent, or next of kin may take up to twenty-six (26) weeks of FMLA leave during a single 12-month period to care for the servicemember with a serious injury or illness.

    Health Coverage

    • Employer: For the duration of FMLA Leave, the employer must maintain the group health plan coverage for the employee.
    • Employee:
      • If eligible for FMLA and a request is made to extend leave for non-medically purposes, then the employee will be financially responsible for their portion of the health plan coverage.
      • If ineligible for FMLA, and after all paid leaves have been exhausted, then the employee will be financially responsible for the entire premium of the health plan coverage.

    Employee Rights Poster 

    FMLA Notice and Medical Certification

    • Employees should notify the building administrator AND Human Resources, 30 days in advance for any “foreseeable leave”. In the case of sudden injury or illness, notification should be made as soon as possible.
    • For a serious medical condition, the district may request a medical certification to support the leave. The medical certification should be submitted within 15 days after the request is made. A second opinion (at the district's expense) may also be requested. A fitness for duty report is required to return to work.
    • Forms may be found on the district website, or you may request to have Human Resources mail and/or fax a copy to your medical professional.
    • FMLA documents can be faxed or mailed to the following address:

    Webster Groves School District
    ATTN: Gwendolyn Harris
    400 E. Lockwood
    Webster Groves, MO. 63119

    Fax (314) 918-4671

    If the employee (or family member) is not released from their healthcare provider as notated on their original documentation, it is the employee’s responsibility to provide Human Resources with a note from the physician extending the leave date. The employee should also notify the hr department and building administrator of the change in the return date.

    Further Information

    Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor

    Board Policy GBBDA

    School District Contact

    For specific questions contact Gwendolyn Harris at harris.gwendolyn@wgmail.org or (314) 918-4001.