I'd like to personally thank the Superintendent of Rockbridge County Public Schools for denying my wife's request for a third year of extended leave to be my primary care-giver.
I certainly understand that policy only allows for two years of extended leave, and that any deviation from the published policy would be catastrophic to the integrity of the entire school system. Your adherence to this policy in the strongest manner is to be lauded, in light of what must be a constant stream of feeble excuses and pathetic tales of woe.
I would like to expand by adding that my wife has always thought of teaching as her dream job. Furthermore, she took great pride in doing her job to the best of her ability; she's her own worst critic. I've heard her lament, one more than one occasion, that she is struggling to get student X to perform in the classroom. She always makes it her responsibility when a student underperforms, regardless of the circumstances.
In short, she has always been a responsible, dedicated, and knowledgeable teacher. She has approached her role as a teacher with a tremendous amount of professionalism, compassion and passion...
...and you just basically told her to shove it.
It was nice to hear your assistant superintendent make assurances that my wife will be a priority to hire once I'm dead. However, I would hope you can understand why we would rather have the assurance of a third year of extended leave.
Putting my grievance aside, I can't imagine anyone would like to be forced in to asking for extended leave, let alone abuse the policy somehow.
Surely the school division can find a compassionate answer to enact as policy.
While they're at it, perhaps the school board could reconsider the policy on employees transferring their sick leave or personal days to another employee. Unsurprisingly, quite a few colleagues wanted to help my wife in this way while we were burning a trail between here and Johns Hopkins...I'll let people reading this guess what the policy is in regard to that.