LEAVE OF ABSENCE POLICY
Over the course of a participant’s participation in the program s/he may encounter circumstances that require him/her to seek a leave of absence. Reasons for requesting leave include but are not limited to maternity, paternity, mental or physical health concerns, or bereavement. Urban Teachers is here to support participants throughout the leave of absence process. We encourage participants to seek assistance as early as possible in order to effectively plan for leave from the program.
A participant’s first course of action in seeking a leave of absence is talking with his/her site team Assistant Director. This should happen prior to conversations with the school site. Non- attendance does not constitute an official leave of absence and can be grounds for dismissal from the program.
Leave of absence is granted for a specific length of time, dependent on a participants’ ability to complete program requirements including coursework, coaching, and clinical responsibilities. A leave of absence cannot exceed more than one year. A request for a leave of absence is not automatically granted. Decisions will be made on a case by case basis. All participants must complete, sign, and return the developed and finalized leave form to officiate their leave of absence.
While the Urban Teachers site team will support participants through the leave of absence process, it is important for participants to understand how a leave of absence may impact their ability to complete the program within the normal progression and in its entirety. Taking a leave of absence may impact a participant’s ability to receive the coaching treatment in full, complete coursework assignments, be eligible for the AmeriCorps Segal award, receive full certification, and may lead to repeating a semester of coursework and coaching. Additionally, participants put their placement at risk when they take a leave of absence. Urban Teachers will coordinate with school sites in the event that a participant must take a leave of absence, however Urban Teachers cannot guarantee that they will be able to find a new placement for a participant whose original school cannot or will not accept them back.
Residents and fellows in the first two years of the program (Program Year 1 & 2) may need to complete and submit the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Leave of Absence Request form to the Johns Hopkins School of Education's Office of Student Affairs after finalizing their Urban Teachers leave of absence. Please consult the complete Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Leave of Absence Policy for additional information.
ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY- NON-COURSEWORK
Any participant who feels they may need accommodations outside of coursework, must first reach out to the site team Assistant Director. The Assistant Director will help participants develop an accommodations plan to meet program requirements. Urban Teachers cannot grant specific accommodations for coursework and cannot guarantee accommodations at the clinical site.