Child Involvement Leave 



Policy/Operational Procedure Name:

Child Involvement Leave


Kathy McKinley
Executive Director, Human Resources


Human Resources

Effective Date(s):

July 1, 2015

Next Review Date:

July 1, 2017





Policy Statement

Durham Technical Community College (Durham Tech) provides child involvement leave in an effort to promote employees’ involvement in youth education and support to schools.


Employees may take leave under this policy to do the following:

  • Meet with a teacher or administrator of any elementary, middle, or high school; or child care program authorized to operate under the laws of the state of North Carolina concerning the employee's children, step-children, or children over whom the employee has custody;

  • Attend any function sponsored by the school or child care program as defined above in which the children, step-children, or children over whom the employee has custody are participating. This provision shall only be utilized in conjunction with non-athletic programs that are a part of, or supplement to, the school's or daycare's academic or artistic program; or

  • Perform, without regard to the employee’s parental status, college-approved volunteer work endorsed or approved by a teacher, school administrator, or program administrator.

Amount of Child Involvement Leave

Permanent full-time and probationary employees may take up to eight hours of paid child involvement leave each calendar year regardless of the number of children. Temporary full-time or part-time employees working less than 30 hours per week are not eligible for paid leave.

The eight hours of paid child involvement leave eligibility shall be credited to employees on January 1 of each year. New employees will be credited with the full eight hours of leave eligibility immediately upon their employment.

Approval of Child Involvement Leave

Employees must receive prior approval from their supervisor to use child involvement leave. The college will consistently require acceptable proof that the leave requested and taken is consistent with the purpose of this policy.

Child involvement leave, not to exceed eight hours each calendar year, should be granted for the period of time away from work as requested by the employee. The college may require that the child involvement leave be taken at a different time, based on the needs of the college.

Child involvement leave not taken in a calendar year is not cumulative and will be forfeited; it will not be carried over to the next calendar year. Employees are not entitled to payment for child involvement leave upon separation from the college.


School – An entity that is authorized to operate under the laws of the State of North Carolina and is an elementary school, middle school, high school, or child care program.

Child – A biological, adopted, foster, or step- child; a legal ward; a child of an employee standing in loco parentis; or a son or daughter from in-law relationships

In loco parentis – In the place of a parent.