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- 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
- (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
- (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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