Under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees who work for Hopkins Public Schools can take up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for the following reasons:

    • The birth of a child or placement of a child for adoption or foster care;
    • To bond with a child (leave must be taken within one year of the child’s birth or placement);
    • To care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a qualifying serious health condition;
    • For the employee’s own qualifying serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the employee’s job;
    • For qualifying exigencies related to the foreign deployment of a military member who is the employee’s spouse, child, or parent. 
    • An eligible employee who is a covered servicemember’s spouse, child, parent, or next of kin may also take up to 26 weeks of FMLA leave in a single 12-month period to care for the servicemember with a serious injury or illness.


For the purposes of the FMLA, to be considered FMLA-eligible, the employee must:

    • Have worked for the Hopkins Public Schools for at least 12 months;
    • Have worked at least 1,250 hours of service in the 12 months before taking leave; and
    • Work at a location where the Hopkins Public Schools has at least 50 employees within 75 miles of the employee's worksite. 


For additional details on FMLA, please read the document below entitled Employee Rights Under FMLA.