While it’s your right to take time off to have a new child, care for, and bond with it… the government here in the good ol’ US of A definitely doesn’t make it easy. Taking maternity leave as a teacher in America is an unfortunate adventure into lots of red tape! This is especially true if you’re seeking any sort of compensation during your absence. So you’ll want to be in-the-know as early as possible, this way you can get started on all the paperwork that will be required. Yes, paperwork. Lots of it.
The laws regarding maternity leave are typically governed by the state you work in, but also determined in part by your individual school district’s policies. So get ready to put on your detective hat, as you’re...