Planning for maternity leave

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Planning for maternity leave
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Wed, 02-22-2012 - 11:14pm

Just curious if anyone has had a pre-TTC chat with their employer about maternity leave, or if any of the teachers on the board here know anyone in a similar situation as me (read below).

DH and I keep going back and forth on when we should start TTC #2 because I have no idea how long of a maternity leave my principal will approve. I am the only person who teaches my classes (computers) and when me or any of the specials teachers are out, there is no sub so I don't know what will happen when I go on leave. My predecessor was male so he didn't have this problem, lol!

I pay into a ST disability insurance so I am eligible for up to 22 weeks leave (same plan I had when I was PG with Selin and I was approved for all the time off but I was working in an office back then and not teaching). I would like to start TTC in April so that my earliest due date would be Jan 2013 but I'm worried about when I would have to return to work and if there is going to be a gap between the end of my leave and summer. Most teachers aim for spring babies so they get a nice long leave but I just have no idea how long of a leave my principal is going to approve since I'm not a traditional homeroom teacher.

Unfortunately, there are no other teachers I can ask at my school about this because all of the other female teachers are either way older than me and their kids are in HS/college, or they are unmarried and don't have any kids yet. There is one teacher there who has two kids in our school but this is her first year teaching there so she was in a different district when she was on maternity leave.

So my question is this:

Should I broach the subject with my principal (who is new to the school this year too, but has 5 kids of her own and I get along with her very well) and let her know we are trying to plan for our next baby and roughly how long of a leave would I be allowed to take?

Or should I just keep my mouth shut, start TTC in April and see what happens? (We got PG w/Selin our first cycle NPP so I'm hoping we'll have similar success second time around).

I feel like I'm totally rambling here but hopefully this all makes sense. Thanks for reading!

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Sat, 03-03-2012 - 1:55pm

Christine,

I was just logging in to see how things went for you.

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Thu, 03-01-2012 - 6:31am
Christine I was in your shoes before David so I totally understand. Dh was willing to TTC in September but we had to wait until December because I was at my job in September. I never real had to deal with insurance as mine always came with maternity coverage. But I feel your pain and sure it will work out but I know it is frustrating.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 11:22pm

Update:

Well I met with my school HR rep yesterday and she confirmed that I would be eligible for FMLA + any sick time I have accrued and also made the comment that it would be great if I had a late spring baby, obviously for the school's benefit. She said they would most likely get a sub for me while I'm on leave because I'm a FT teacher. I did not ask about using my ST disability leave and she did not bring it up so I think it's pretty safe to say that they would prefer I take off as little time as possible.

Coincidentally, this week I also found out about a similar teaching position at another school that is 10 miles closer to home and I have confirmed with the principal there that it is FT and still available. I have not applied for it yet though because I'm waiting for clarification from my HQ HR dept. (diocese my school belongs to) if the one year requirement for FMLA is for the school or for the diocese, because technically, our benefits come from the diocese.

So depending on their answer will determine if I will look elsewhere for a job for the next school year and when we will TTC. All of this "up in the air" business has been driving me crazy because I really want to start TTC but at the same time, DH and I agreed that I really need to be closer to home and bringing in more money because right now, it is actually costing me money to work after all the mileage and tolls. I know everything will work out one way or another and this is all just temporary unknowns, but still aggravating nevertheless. I envy all of you who don't have to plan your babies around your jobs and worry about insurance.

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Sat, 02-25-2012 - 8:46pm
Thanks Sandy. Here's to summer! :-)

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Sat, 02-25-2012 - 12:03pm

So sorry Christine. I know how much you and dh want another. If it makes you feel any better we will not actually try until this summer either since DH really wants a spring/summer baby. I'm thinking July.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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Fri, 02-24-2012 - 11:02pm

Thanks Suzie! I'm going to email my HR rep (our parish bus. mgr.) and see if she can sit down with me. She is extremely busy and only at our parish like 2

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Fri, 02-24-2012 - 9:03am

Should I wait to talk to my HR rep until after I've signed a contract for the next year, so I don't put my chances of being hired back in jeopardy? They've already asked who is intending to come back and I said yes so we're just waiting for the official doc. Although I've heard that some years they didn't have a contract until right before or even after school started. Hoping that won't be the case this year since we've got a new principal and she seems to be on top of things.

At the Catholic School, I recieved my contract on the last day although I was required to sign my letter of intent in April.

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Thu, 02-23-2012 - 10:05pm
Thanks ladies for your feedback. You've given me a lot to think about!

Suzie - Some questions for you...

Should I wait to talk to my HR rep until after I've signed a contract for the next year, so I don't put my chances of being hired back in jeopardy? They've already asked who is intending to come back and I said yes so we're just waiting for the official doc. Although I've heard that some years they didn't have a contract until right before or even after school started. Hoping that won't be the case this year since we've got a new principal and she seems to be on top of things.

When you were on leave, was summer counted as part of your leave?

Also, did they get a sub for you?

Thanks!!

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Thu, 02-23-2012 - 4:01pm

So my question is this:

Should I broach the subject with my principal (who is new to the school this year too, but has 5 kids of her own and I get along with her very well) and let her know we are trying to plan for our next baby and roughly how long of a leave would I be allowed to take?

Or should I just keep my mouth shut, start TTC in April and see what happens? (We got PG w/Selin our first cycle NPP so I'm hoping we'll have similar success second time around).

IDK if you rememeber this, but I was actually in a similar position when I joined the WTT board.

-Suzie :)

 

 

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Thu, 02-23-2012 - 6:09am

I was going to give you the same answer. When I went to find out how much leave I would get (however this was after I was pregnant) I went to HR and asked them and they gave me a bunch of info. However, before I got pregnant I did research our leave because it's all online and available. I had to end up waiting a few months more than I wanted just because I had to be there a year for FMLA so that's why we started trying in December since I was there a year that following September.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

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