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Intermittent Leave

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) employees may, under certain circumstances, take leave on an intermittent or reduced-schedule basis. An employee might, for example, need to temporarily reduce the hours they work each day to receive ongoing medical treatment or following the adoption of a child.

To be approved for FMLA intermittent leave, an MCPS employee must have worked for the school system for at least 12 months and have at least 1,250 hours of service with MCPS during the 12-month period preceding the leave.

An employee may be eligible for FMLA intermittent leave if they—

  • Have a serious health condition resulting in an inability to perform the duties of their job;
  • Need to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • Need to care for their child after a birth, or for a child following its placement with the employee for adoption or foster care; or
  • Are eligible to use Military Family Leave—
    • Due to a qualifying reason arising out of the covered active duty status of a military member who is the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent (qualifying exigency leave), or
    • To care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness when the MCPS employee is the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of the covered servicemember (military caregiver leave).

The maximum amount of FMLA intermittent leave that will be approved is a one-year period. For chronic illnesses, intermittent leave will need to be reapplied for yearly.

To apply for intermittent leave, employees will need to complete and submit the following to ERSC:

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