Temporary Disability Leave (TDL) is a type of leave established under the Texas Education Code that allows eligible employees medical leave due to their own medical condition.
- Any full-time employee whose position requires educator certification by the State Board for Educator Certification, or by the District is eligible.
- TDL is used for employees who do not qualify for FML, or who have exhausted their FML and are still not medically clear to return to work.
- For the purpose of TDL, pregnancy is considered a temporary disability.TDL can last up to a maximum of 180 calendar days.
- The District will not continue to pay its portion of the employee’s health insurance premium while the employee is on this type of leave.
- TDL is unpaid leave. However, district policy requires that employees use all compensable time with any approved leave.
- Per District policy, TDL runs concurrent with all other forms of leave.
How to Request TDL
To request TDL, you must complete a leave of absence request form and submit a letter addressed to Mr. Mark Eads, superintendent, to the Benefits and Leave Specialist.
- Your letter must include the following information:
- Reason for leave
- Date your leave needs to begin.
- Estimated return to work date.
- The Benefits & Leave Specialist will give you a Medical Certification to provide your physician.
- The Medical Certification must be completed and returned before your leave can be approved.
- Notify your Campus/Department Supervisor of your need for leave.
- During your leave of absence, stay in contact with the Benefits & Leave Specialist about any changes as soon as you know about them. Call or email if you have any questions or concerns.
- You must provide at least 30 days’ notice of your intent to return from leave.
- Before you return to work, you must provide a “Fitness for Duty” Medical Release to the Benefits & Leave Specialist at Central Office. You cannot return to work without this.
- If you are absent more than 5 consecutive work days because of a personal illness or illness in your immediate family, Southside Board Policy states that you must submit medical certification and be placed on an approved leave (FML or TDL) if you are eligible.
- TDL is also used for absences due to a work related injury/illness.
- Be aware of the following before your leave starts:
- The # of paid leave days you have available
- The Hartford contact information to file a Disability Claim
- Direct billing process for payment of your insurance premiums
- Time frame & documentation needed to add a new baby to your medical insurance plan, or to make other changes if you have a qualifying event
- Once your paid leave has been exhausted while on TDL, the district issues you a final paycheck, known as a “payout.”
- If you are “paid out,” once you return to work, your salary gets recalculated based on the # of work days and pay dates remaining in the school year.
- You can request a salary estimate of what your remaining paychecks will be by contacting the District Compensation Specialist.
Additional questions or concerns? Call (210)882-1600 ext. 5100.