Important information about maternity leave

DATE: September 22, 2018

TO: All District Employees

FROM: Acacia Thede, Executive Director, Human Resources



In the Spring of 2018, the District and bargaining units agreed to provide a new type of leave for mothers who have given birth. Effective July 1, 2017, employees who give birth will be granted three consecutive workweeks of maternity leave immediately upon the birth of her child. 

Prior to this leave entitlement, birth mothers were required to use their sick leave in order to receive pay while on a leave following the birth of a child. In the state of California, unused sick days may be converted to service credit (see STRS and PERS websites). This meant women who have given birth were negatively affected as they have less unused sick days available to apply upon their retirement. For this reason, maternity leave can only be accessed by mothers who give birth. 

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave is a new leave entitlement for birth mothers employed by the San Diego Unified School District. This leave entitlement is separate from other contractual and statutory leaves available to new mothers. 

Employees who have been employed for at least 12 months shall be granted three (3) consecutive workweeks of leave with pay immediately following the birth of her child. 

If you have given birth between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, please contact your Payroll Specialist for next steps. 

If you give birth July 1, 2018 and after, you will complete a Maternity Leave form at your site or department and provide it to your timekeeper.

We have included here are frequently asked questions; additional information and forms are located on our website: