Leaves of Absence

There are various reasons a teacher may be required to take a short term leave of absence. Some of these reasons may be: family medical, critical illness, bereavement, personal illness, jury duty, personal business, association business, funeral, quarantine, family emergency, wedding or other family celebration, child care, maternity, parental, or compassionate.

Each school jurisdiction’s collective agreement covers these items and will provide information regarding leaves of this nature with or without pay.

To gain an understanding of what may or may not be available, it is recommended that teachers review their own collective agreement prior to requesting a leave. Difficulties with the request or the school jurisdiction should be reported to your Economic Policy Committee chair.

Sick leave and maternity leave often require individual consultation with the Association as each situation may have its own specific circumstances. Teachers are cautioned against requesting personal leave if there are any concerns about health. If there are health issues, the teachers should consult with their doctor and the Association prior to requesting leave.

Please review the following information to determine if consultation with Association staff is required.

Sick LeaveTop of page

Teachers' Sick Leave and EDB Guide is an Association publication designed to provide teachers on sick leave who may require extended disability benefits (EDB) with guidance in processing their sick leave claims and disability applications. It is intended only for teachers in school jurisdictions that participate in disability plans offered by the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP).

Download the Teachers' Sick Leave and EDB Guide

Maternity LeaveTop of page

The Association has produced a special brochure, Everything you need to know about maternity leave, which outlines the benefits to which pregnant teachers are eligible before and during their maternity leave.

Download Everything you need to know about maternity leave
Also available in French 

Leave of Absence form


For more information, contact Teacher Welfare at 780-447-9400 (Edmonton area), 1‑800‑232‑7208 (elsewhere), or e-mail tw@ata.ab.ca