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The president or his/her designee may grant an employee a child rearing leave of absence without pay not to exceed one (1) year in duration to raise a newborn child, an adopted child, or a child placed in the employee's home for foster care. Any childbirth leave or adoption/placement leave, or Family and Medical Leave Act leave, granted shall be included in the child rearing leave period.

Such child rearing leave may be extended for up to one (1) additional year at the discretion of the Board of Trustees, provided that written request is made for such extension at least sixty (60) days prior to the end of the initial leave period.

At the end of a child rearing leave of absence, the employee may have the right to return to employment at the college. The work assigned may be either in the area he/she left or in a related area for which he/she is considered qualified by the college administration. Employment and the work assignment will be at college discretion.

In order to be eligible for a child rearing leave of absence, an employee who desires such leave shall notify his/her immediate supervisor in writing with a copy to the Office of Human Resources as soon as he/she has knowledge of intent to take a child rearing leave. A child rearing leave must be taken within twelve (12) months from the date of the birth or placement of the child.

Absence on child rearing leave shall not be considered a break in service, but the period of the leave shall not be considered as service time at the college.