Strongsville school leaders are making it clear that if teachers strike March 4, other employees are expected to cross the picket lines and report to work.
The School Board passed a resolution Thursday night that says in the event of a work stoppage, all other employee absences must be substantiated by written proof, and that unauthorized absence could lead to dismissal, disciplinary action and/or loss of pay and benefits.
"It basically gives the superintendent authority to enforce our policies during a strike," Board President David Frazee said. "If you're going to take sick leave, you have to have a legitimate medical excuse -- that kind of thing."
The strike resolution says unauthorized leave would include "individual and/or collective refusals to provide service, unauthorized use of sick leave, unauthorized use of other leave benefits, non-attendance at required meetings and failure to perform supervisory functions at school-sponsored activities."
Those on strike are exempt from the resolution.
Unauthorized leave constitutes a breach of contract and could lead to termination.
The resolution also puts a spending cap of $200 per day on substitute teachers hired during a strike.
The Strongsville Education Association filed a notice to strike and -- unless a contract settlement is reached -- walk out on March 4.
More than 300 teachers and supporters attended Thursday night's school board meeting, a number of them seeking to make public statements and question school officials about the lack of progress in contract talks.
Teachers have been working without a contract since July.
The School Board went into executive session after regular business was finished at the meeting, then came out and approved the strike resolution.