School Visitation Law Promotes
Parental Involvement in Education
Many employers are required to provide
time off for school meetings
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[September 10, 2019]
SPRINGFIELD – It’s back-to-school time and before long the annual
ritual of parent-teacher conferences will begin again. In Illinois,
even a busy job should not prevent parents or guardians from
attending important school meetings.
Since 1993, Illinois has had a law providing for unpaid leave for
employees to attend school conferences or classroom activities of
their children when such activities cannot be rescheduled during
non-work hours. The School Visitation Rights Act stresses the
importance of and promotes the involvement of parents in their
“While many employers are supportive of providing time for this
important task, the School Visitation Rights Act provides an
important protection to ensure that a parent’s job is not an
impediment to attending important school meetings,” said Michael
Kleinik, director of the Illinois Department of Labor, which
enforces the law.
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More details about the law can found on IDOL’s Fact Sheet, including
law applies only to employers with 50 or more workers in
employee needs to have worked at the job for at least six months
and at least half-time.
time can only be taken if the employee has used all other
accrued leave (for example, vacation and personal) time except
for sick or disability leave.
employee must provide a written request seven days in advance –
24 hours in advance in an emergency.
employer can, but is not required, to pay for this leave time.
employee can be granted up to eight hours during the school year
– no more than four hours on a given day.
A school visitation rights leave form is available on the Illinois
Department of Labor’s website:
[ Illinois Office of Communication