Our Sick Leave Plan will provide sick leave days and short term disability days for reasons of personal illness, personal injury, including personal medical appointments and personal dental appointments.
A permanent full time teacher is allotted 11 sick days at full salary plus 120 days at 90% salary (plus any additional top-up from last year's 11 days) with appropriate medical documentation. Top-up explanation: If there are any of your 11 days from last year that were unused, they will be chopped up into 10% parts to top up the 90% days. So each unused 100% day from last year = 10 more days topped up to 100% this year.
Here is what is expected in terms of documentation for our members: If you are off for less than 3 days in a row, you call in sick to your school. If you are off for 3 or more days in a row, you call in sick to your school and you will need an Abilities Form completed which you will send to the Disability Management Department.
Click here for the Abilities Form and Instructions .
As an OSSTF member with an LTD plan through OTIP, you also benefit from the free services provided by OTIP. To access any of these OTIP programs, contact the District Office or your Branch President for the LTD plan contract number.
Posaction is a program that provides up to 12 hours of psychosocial counseling per year. There is a wide variety of counselors available to aid with work-related problems, personal difficulties, family difficulties and substance abuse. The program is completely confidential, available to yourself and immediate family members. If you are not happy with the counsellor that is assigned to you, Posaction will work to find another local practitioner for you to work with. Call 1 800 668-0193, but you must get the LTD Plan Contract Number from the District Office or your Branch President.
CAREpath Cancer Assistance Program:
The CAREpath Cancer Assistance Program provides services to help you navigate the complex health care system so you and your family members who are newly-diagnosed with cancer or have a cancer recurrence can receive the very best cancer-related treatment and support. This service is free of charge to you if you have received a cancer diagnosis for you, your spouse or your dependent children. Members are assigned a personal oncology nurse case manager to guide you through your treatment. Members can see how the CAREpath Navigation System works in this short video. CAREpath's role is NOT to replace your primary treating physician, or any part of a recommended cancer care plan. What CAREpath does is make sure you get the most out of every aspect of your treatment. CAREpath will guide you regarding what questions to ask your doctors, explain your test results, and help determine the best treatment plan for you. The team at CAREpath includes leading oncology physicians and nurses from across Canada. CAREpath enjoys unrivalled access to the most up-to-date, reliable, evidence-based information on cancer care from around the world. Call 1-866-599-2720, but you must get the LTD Plan Contract Number from the District Office or your Branch President.
CAREpath Cancer Information Line:
Also available free of charge is the CAREpath Cancer Information Line, where members can access cancer-related information for extended family members, colleagues and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. The CAREpath Cancer Information Line provides basic information on a variety of cancer-related topics. Websites will be suggested for general information requests and detailed information sheets will be available for concerns related to a specific cancer. The CAREpath Cancer Information Line can be reached by calling 1-800-290-5106 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. No contract number required.
Within 20 minutes of entering the website, you will have a preliminary assessment of your emotional and mental health. In the event that you are at high risk for a clinical disorder, you will be provided with a set of online tools to help you and your physician identify and treat emotional and mental health problems using Medical Best Practices.
Note regarding Login: To enter the FeelingBetterNow® Web site, please start to type in the FULL name of your Employer. When your Employer name pops up, press ENTER to proceed. Your Access ID will be displayed below AFTER you press enter. (access ID : OTIPRAEO)
OTIP is owned by the four teaching affiliates and also provides home and car insurance. For more information see http://www.otip.com/OSSTF13.
Paid Leave Days:
To apply for any leave days, you must apply on the Staff Portal.
Apply on the Portal under Quick Links→ Employee Self Serve → Forms Online (on left side of screen) → Leave of Absence → Reason for Absence: _______________
Paid leaves with a combined maximum of 5 days per school year:
- Leave for special events or for compassionate reasons (combined total of up to 3 days)
- Moving to a new residence on the day of the move
- Personal legal transactions
- Snow day (this is only done through an appeal. Contact the District office for more information)
- Religious Days (3 days)
Paid leaves which do not count within the maximum:
- Quarantine by the Medical Officer of Health
- Jury duty
- Writing examinations or attending one's own graduation (one day)
- Attending graduation of spouse or child from secondary or post-secondary institution (one day)
- Attending birth of child (one day)
- Homecoming of child (one day)
- Bereavement leave (up to 5 days for an immediate family member)
- Bereavement leave (1 day for an aunt, uncle or close personal friend)
Provincial Leave Day (1 day in 2017-2018 or 2018-2019):
There is also 1 paid leave day available in either 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 not included in the maximum; send an email directly to your Principal at least two weeks in advance indicating that you would like a Provincial Leave Day approved and include the specific day you are requesting; then complete a planned absence form and submit it as usual, indicating that the reason for the absence is the Provincial Leave Day; use absence code 200; unless there is a huge demand for this particular day, this approval should be automatic.
Unpaid Leave Days:
You can also apply for an unpaid day if it does not fit into any of the categories listed above.
Leaves longer than a few days:
A similar application process through the portal covers longer leave times but there are different aspects to be aware of that are better outlined in the 2 attachments below:
Contact the District Office BEFORE applying for a leave. We are often able to advise our members on the best way to submit an application.