GSCS adds parental leave for both parents to its benefits package
Gulf Shores City Schools revised its employee leave policy to add paid parental leave for all full-time employees. Currently, all public school employees in Alabama are eligible for twelve weeks of unpaid leave that is related to the birth of a child, adoption of a child, or care of a foster child.
The revised Gulf Shores policy will provide four weeks of paid leave for both parents for the same situations. Each employee can qualify for the benefit once per year, although they can take the time in whatever increments they need over the 12-month period. The parental leave is in addition to the existing sick leave policy. Gulf Shores City Schools will be the only system in Alabama that provides paid parental leave for employees.
“Recruiting and emboldening the best and the brightest faculty and staff’ is one of our core values and we believe that the addition of parental leave is directly aligned with this core value. Ultimately, we want to support the families of our employees,” GSCS Superintenent Matt Akin said.