Leave of Absence and Disability

Leave of Absence 
The District offers employees Leaves of Absence for time away from work to cover extenuating circumstances in an employee's life. Employees that expect to be out 4 consecutive workdays or longer, will need to contact the Benefits Department to discuss further action. Refer to the revised Board of Education Leave of Absence policy under REVISION for further information.

Douglas County School District offers short term disability through Standard Insurance to protect your income if you are unable to work due to your own medical condition. After a 14 calendar day waiting period or after all accrued sick days are exhausted. Standard Insurance will pay a base benefit of 70% of your salary. 

 Douglas County School District
Contact Information

Kayla Zehner 720-433-1087, Tiffany Scott 720-433-1084, Laurie Troutman 720-433-1282, or   
email: [email protected]
Type of Leaves Available:
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Medical (non-FMLA)
  • Military Leave
  • Personal Leave

US Department of Labor FAQs - to assist with questions regarding FMLA, Eligibility, and Coverage

Steps to be completed for the Leave of Absence process: 
  • Contact Tiffany Scott at 720-433-1084, Laurie Troutman at 720-433-1282, Kayla Zehner at 720-433-1087 or email Leave of Absence
  • File a short term disability claim with Standard Insurance by calling 1-800-378-2395
  • Any changes in your leave status should be reported to Benefits and Standard Insurance
  • CDL Drivers will require a Fitness for Duty prior to returning to work
PERA Disability Information:

Colorado PERA members with five or more years of earned service credit are covered by a two-tier disability program consisting of a short term disability (STD) insurance and disability retirement benefit. The Disability Program Administrator, UNUM, makes the medical determinations for the program and provides STD coverage through an insurance policy. You can obtain additional information regarding this program at www.copera.org.

 Other Resources and Forms

Disability Resources

Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected]