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Illinois School Visitation Law

Posted by Tamara

There are many states in the U.S. that provide employees with time off to attend school events. Among those states are North Carolina, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Nevada. In these states, a parent or guardian of a kindergarten through grade 12 child may take leave for parent-teacher conferences and classroom events.

The school visitation law in Illinois allows parents and guardians up to 8 hours of unpaid leave for parent-teacher conferences, or when there is a problem at school requiring the parent’s attendance. This includes disciplinary matters, suspensions and expulsions.

Texas has a school visitation law, too, but it only extends to employees of the Texas state government.

Louisiana and Utah do not require employers to provide the school visitation leave, only recommend it.

California, however, has two different school visitation laws. One applies to employers with 25 or more employees at the same location. Under this law, guardians, parents and grandparents with custody of children in K-12 may take time off for art shows, school plays and other events. The workers may take up to 8 hours per month and no more than 40 hours per year. The employees may use unpaid leave, vacation time or Paid Time Off (PTO), as long as they do so according to the employer’s policies. If both parents work for the same employer, only one of them is allowed to take the leave. This law also applies to children in licensed daycare.

The other school visitation law in California applies employers of all sizes. Under this law, employers must grant unpaid leave to parents to attend suspension or expulsion hearing, and other disciplinary events.

For employers with 50 or more workers in Colorado, the Academic Activities Leave Law permits K-12 parents and guardians to take up to 6 hours of unpaid leave per month. The leave can be paid leave, too (except for supervisory employees) and must be taken in 3 hour increments for no more than 18 hours per year.



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