Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham

Sick Days and Leaves

Sick Days:

Our Sick Leave Plan will provide sick leave days and short term disability days for reasons of personal illness, personal injury, including personal medical appointments and personal dental appointments. 

A permanent full time teacher is allotted 11 sick days at full salary plus 120 days at 90% salary (plus any additional top-up from last year's 11 days) with appropriate medical documentation.  

Top-up explanation:
If there are any of your 11 days from last year that were unused, they will be chopped up into 10% parts to top up the 90% days.  So each unused 100% day from last year = 10 more days topped up to 100% this year.


Documentation: If you are off for 1-3 days in a row, you call in sick to your school. If you are off for more than 3 days in a row, you call in sick to your school and you will need an Abilities Form completed which you will send to the Disability Management Department.

Click here for the Abilities Form and Instructions.

Paid Leave Days:

To apply for any leave days, you must apply on the Staff Portal:
Quick Links→ Employee Self Serve → HRP Link (Forms Online)  → Forms Online  → Leave of Absence

Paid leaves with a combined maximum of 5 days per school year:

  • Leave for special events or for compassionate reasons (combined total of up to 3 days)
  • Moving to a new residence on the day of the move
  • Personal legal transactions related to the purchase of your primary residence
  • Snow day (this is only done through an appeal. Contact the District office for more information)
  • Religious Days (3 days)

Paid leaves which do not count within the maximum:

  • Quarantine by the Medical Officer of Health
  • Jury duty
  • Writing examinations or attending one's own graduation (one day)
  • Attending graduation of spouse or child from secondary or post-secondary institution (one day)
  • Attending birth of child (one day)
  • Homecoming of child (one day)
  • Bereavement leave (up to 5 days for an immediate family member)
  • Bereavement leave (1 day for an aunt, uncle or close personal friend)

Unpaid Leave Days:

You can also apply for an unpaid day if it does not fit into any of the categories listed above.  

Leaves longer than a few days:

A similar application process through the portal covers longer leave times but there are different aspects to be aware of that are better outlined in the attachment below:

Contact the District Office BEFORE applying for a leave. We are often able to advise our members on the best way to submit an application.

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