March 4, 2016
Unpaid School Activities
All employees are eligible.
The Family School Partnership Act of 1995 allows employees who are parents, grandparents, step-parents, foster parents, or a person who stands in loco parentis (in the place of a parent) to a child time off to participate in their children’s school activities in kindergarten through grade 12, in licensed daycare facilities, and activities conducted by a licensed childcare provider. An employee may take up to 40 hours per year of unpaid time off for school activities, not to exceed eight hours in any calendar month of the school year.
Examples of common school activities include graduations, parent-teacher conferences, special class activity days, field trips, school productions, athletic events or other competitions.
An employee may also take time off from work to (1) find, enroll, or reenroll his/her child in a school, a licensed daycare facility, or with a licensed childcare provider, and (2) to address a “childcare provider or school emergency” which is defined as any of the following:
- the school or childcare provider requested that the child be picked up
- a behavioral or discipline problem with the child that must be addressed with the school or childcare provider
- a closure or unexpected unavailability of the school or childcare provider
- a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or fire, requiring that the child be kept home or picked up from the school or childcare provider
An employee must request this time off at least one week before the activity, or as soon as reasonably possible. The manager may ask the employee to reschedule the activity, but may not deny a request. Verification of the employee’s participation may be required.
A staff employee may take the time as:
- Time off without pay
The Act makes it unlawful to retaliate or discriminate in any way against an employee for exercising his/her rights under the Act.
Human Resources Administration
Todd R. Dickey, Senior Vice President, Administration
University of Southern California