Alaska Statutes.
Title 14. Education, Libraries, and Museums
Chapter 20. Teachers and School Personnel
Section 345. Leave of Absence Without Pay.
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AS 14.20.345. Leave of Absence Without Pay.

(a) A teacher may be granted a leave of absence without pay for the purposes which may be approved by the governing body of the district if

(1) the teacher's application is approved by the governing body of the district; and

(2) the teacher agrees to return to employment in a public school not later than the beginning of the school year following termination of the period for which the leave of absence was granted.

(b) A leave of absence is not an interruption of the continuous service necessary to attain or retain retirement or tenure rights under AS 14.20.150 , 14.20.155, or 14.20.160. However, the time spent on leave of absence may not be counted in determining when a teacher has sufficient service to enable the teacher to acquire retirement or tenure rights.

(c) The leave of absence is not a break in service for retirement purposes.

(d) The governing body of the district may agree to continue the teacher's retirement contributions if the teacher agrees to pay the percent required under AS 14.25.050 of the salary the teacher would have received during the leave of absence and reimburse the district for the district's required retirement contribution. Each year of leave of absence then would count as a year of retirement service.

(e) The governing body of the district may advance the teacher on the district salary schedule when the teacher returns to employment if the governing body determines that the teacher's leave of absence was educationally or professionally beneficial to the teacher or the district.

(f) A teacher may make contributions to the retirement fund for each year or portion of a year of leave of absence taken. The contribution shall include the required percent of the salary the teacher would have received had the leave of absence not been taken, plus the required employer and state contributions that would have been made. Compound interest at the rate prescribed by regulation shall be added as computed from the beginning date of the leave of absence to the date the teacher pays the contribution.

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