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Catastrophic Leave Pool

Eligible employees may elect to enroll in the Catastrophic Leave Pool (CLP) during the open enrollment window. Employees enrolling during Open Enrollment will have an eligibility date of Jan. 1, 2023.

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This program is intended to cover only those health conditions that are catastrophic and/or potentially terminal in nature and can be of great benefit when unexpected illnesses occur. This program does not apply to short-term illnesses, injuries or disabilities (including short-term conditions related to childbirth and pregnancy) or chronic conditions that are not life-threatening and do not require lengthy hospitalization or home care. This program may not be used for absences to care for a sick family member. Please refer to HCPS policies and regulations ( for more details.

Participating employees are eligible to receive up to 30 days of paid leave in a 12-month period. The 12-month period is measured on a rolling forward basis from the first day the employee used leave under the policy. An employee is not required to reimburse HCPS for any days used under this program.

An employee must exhaust any accrued sick leave, annual leave and personal leave before using Catastrophic Leave Pool benefits.

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Employees already enrolled do not need to submit a form or contribute more days. Your participation will continue in the program. If you elect to discontinue participation in the pool or separate from employment with HCPS you forfeit your contribution.

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The school division may require additional donated days in subsequent years should the pool become depleted and/or inadequate to support beneficiaries. Employees are not required to continue participation in the pool if they decide not to contribute additional days.

If the Catastrophic Leave Pool should become inoperative for any reason, the Catastrophic Leave balance shall be first distributed to those employees approved to receive benefits. Any remaining days will be distributed equally among those enrolled in the Catastrophic Leave Pool.

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Each employee who elects to enroll will be required to contribute one day of accrued sick leave to the pool. If you wish to enroll, complete the Catastrophic Leave Pool Form and submit to the HCPS Payroll Office by close of business on Oct. 29, 2021.

If no sick leave is available to contribute, your enrollment request will be denied. Revisit at the next Open Enrollment.

Submit your completed CLP enrollment form to the HCPS Payroll Office by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 29.

EDA enrollment is not available for this benefit.