Calculating Penalty-Free Resignation

June 12, 2019 • April Mabry

Calculating Penalty-Free Resignation

Q: What is the penalty-free resignation date and how do we calculate it?

A:  An educator serving on a probationary, term, or continuing contract may resign their position between school years without penalty if written notice is filed with the district no later than the 45th day before the first day of instruction for the following school year. The 45th day before the first day of instruction is known as the penalty-free resignation date. A term or continuing contract employee can exercise this annual statutory right to resign even if the employee has a multi-year contract.

A written resignation mailed by prepaid or registered mail to the board president or board’s designee at the district’s post office address is considered filed at the time of mailing.

Calculating the date

The penalty-free resignation date is based on the first day of instruction for the upcoming year for your district. Each district must count calendar days to determine the exact date, which is usually in early to-mid-July.

Remember, the date to start counting back from is the first day students will receive instruction, not the date employees are scheduled to begin work in the new year.


Additional information is available in the HR Library topic Resignations and the TASB School Law eSource document, Resignations by Certified Employees.

April Mabry is an assistant director at TASB HR Services. Send April an email at

Tagged: "Educator contracts", "Employment contracts", "Teacher contracts", Termination