Sabbatical Leave Program

News and Updates!

Sabbatical-related news and announcements! Check back often!

*New* 01/10/2023: The sabbatical applications deadlines has been extended through January 18th, 2023.  Please submit applications before COB. 

*New* 11/10/2022: Register now for a Virtual Sabbatical Information Session.  The sessions will be held on November 30th, 2022 from 5:00pm - 6:30pm and will include an overview of the sabbatical program, eligibility, leave types and deliverables in addition to a Q&A session.

*New* 11/10/2022: Sabbatical details for the 2023-24 are now available online.  Applications will be open from 11/15/22 - 12/16/22.  Click on "Apply now" to complete and submit your online application.


SFUSD's Sabbatical Leave Program

About SFUSD's sabbatical program

The purpose of the Sabbatical Leave is to enhance your skill as a professional and to provide teachers and administrators an opportunity for self-directed professional growth. A teacher or administrator may apply for a Sabbatical and, if approved, may take a semester or full school year off to participate in Travel, Study, a Special Project or Retraining while receiving compensation from the district.


What are the different sabbatical types?

Employees are provided the opportunity to choose between the below sabbatical types:

  • Travel: An employee can use their sabbatical leave period for travel. There are no location requirements, only that an employee is required to travel a reasonable distance for 75% of each semester; the exact number of travel days can vary based on the instructional calendar. Typically, there are less travel days in the fall semester than there are in the spring semester. Travel days include work days, weekends and holidays.
  • Study: An employee is given the opportunity to take additional college or university courses while on sabbatical leave. Employees must attend an accredited college or university (no online/correspondence courses are allowed) and must obtain 18 semester units of credit for the year (9 units for employees on a semester sabbatical).
  • Special Project: This sabbatical type can be taken to develop a special project that is comparable to taking 18 semester units at an accredited college or university. Special Projects must have their basis in education/school-based work and must be approved and signed-off by your site administrator or supervisor.
  • Retraining: The purpose of this sabbatical type is to provide an employee with the opportunity to complete a credentialing or degree program. Given these programs require more time than is allotted under the sabbatical program, it is anticipated that employees will have already completed a substantial portion of course work to obtain the degree or credential.


Who is eligible to take a sabbatical?

Employees must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to take a Sabbatical:

  • Must be permanent (tenured),
  • Must have worked as a Certificated employee or Administrator employee governed under the UESF or UASF bargaining unit,
  • Must have worked in the Certificated or Administrator position for a minimum of 7 consecutive years in a full-time (1 FTE) role with no breaks in service. For the purposes of eligibility, an employee must have worked 75% of the school year for it count toward the 7 consecutive years requirement.
    Note: Paid approved leaves (maternity/parental, medical and extended sick leaves for example) will not constitute a break in service.
  • Must not have any Unsatisfactory Summary Evaluations in personnel file

This page was last updated on January 24, 2023