Pasco school district's shared sick leave plan transfers more than 1,200 days in first year
Launched in October, the Pasco County school district's voluntary shared sick leave pool has helped more than 80 district employees whose own leave ran out before their health problems ended.
A district summary of the program, released Wednesday, shows that a majority of requesters got 75 percent of the days they asked for, while nearly half received their full request. Four of the 84 employees asking for days did not receive any.
In all, district workers contributed 1,207 sick days to the pool, allowing them to be distributed to colleagues who had demonstrated needs. Those requests totaled 1,998 days.
The program, negotiated in 2015, became possible when lawmakers expanded school employees' ability to transfer their sick leave to others who are not relatives.
In the past, some Pasco teachers had complained that they could not help their ailing colleagues because of the law. District officials who insisted the program become permanent rather than a test run expect it to continue to grow.