The RISD board of trustees approved a recommendation which allows teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians to take a voluntary, unpaid furlough during the 2020-2021 school year.

The resolution was approved unanimously at a meeting on Monday, Aug. 10.

“The individual would remain employed in an unpaid status during the furlough,” states the resolution. “An employee may not use accrued state or local paid leave to offset an unpaid furlough.”

The proposed furlough option is for one school year only and an employee who requests a furlough may not return to active employment during the school year.

When employees return to work next school year, they are not guaranteed a return to the same location or position previously held.