Unplanned Absences

From time to time, it may be necessary for employees to be absent from work. Launch is aware that emergencies, illnesses, or pressing personal business that cannot be scheduled outside an employee’s work hours may arise. Paid time off (PTO) can be used for this purpose. Please see the Scheduling and Approval section of our PTO policy in the Leave and Time Off section of this manual. Employees who are unable to report to work, or who will arrive late, should contact their Supervisor to inform him of their situation. Employees who are unable to call in themselves because of an illness, emergency or for some other reason, should be sure to have someone call for them. When a teacher or other staff member is out unexpectedly, it can create inconsistencies and stress for students and colleagues. If an employee must be out unexpectedly, they must call their Supervisor by 6:30am that morning. We ask, whenever possible, that employees contact their Supervisor by 10pm the night before if a sick day is necessary or likely. Teachers should call their Supervisor on both his cell phone and work phone in order to ensure that the message reaches the School.

Employees who are absent because of an illness for three or more consecutive days may be asked to submit written documentation from their doctor stating that they are able to resume normal work duties before they will be allowed to return to work. Three consecutive days of no call/no show is considered a voluntary termination. Excessive absenteeism or unauthorized poor attendance will lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.