Shady Side Academy’s Flexible Benefits Plan is designed to allow each eligible employee to choose tax-free benefits – including medical, vision, disability, life insurance and flexible spending accounts – according to his/her specific needs. The plan also provides employees with options to purchase additional benefits tax-free or to take fewer benefits and receive cash.
Faculty members on 10-month contracts enjoy two weeks off for Winter Recess, two weeks for Spring Recess and three days for Thanksgiving, as well as several paid holidays throughout the school year and two PTO days to use for personal reasons. At the end of each term, faculty members are provided with a class-free work day to finalize grades and comments for student reports.
Administrators and staff on full-year contracts enjoy one week off for Winter Recess, one week for Spring Recess, and three days for Thanksgiving, as well as several paid holidays throughout the school year. During the summer, office hours are shortened and Fridays are optional. In addition, a generous PTO policy, which increases with years of service, is in place for vacation, sick and personal time.
The Academy recognizes that circumstances sometimes call for an employee to be absent from work for reasons not covered by the standard Paid Time Off policy and therefore allows for a leaves of absences in a several categories, including bereavement, disability, jury duty, maternity leave, military leave, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
As an essential part of a long-range plan to guarantee the continued existence of a strong educational program, the Academy has established sabbatical leaves for faculty members with 10 or more years of service. Sabbaticals are awarded on the basis of seniority and are one semester in length. Faculty members on sabbatical leave receive full pay and benefits, plus a stipend to defray the cost of travel, study or other expenses incurred while on leave.