Hey there, I am a first year teacher in a first grade classroom. I have been struggling with school-related depression since mid-November and the days keep getting harder and harder. I have been seeing a therapist since November and on medication since December but nothing seems to be helping. I feel like I am at the end of my rope, but I would like to take a leave of absence before ultimately deciding to quit, in hopes that some time off will help me sort things out and decide what's important to me. So here is my question: I talked to the bookkeeper at my school to discuss my options and this is what she told me. I don't qualify for FMLA because I am still in my first year. I could take an unpaid leave of absence, but I would be required to submit sub plans everyday. Or I could use all of my sick time (about 40 hours) which would be like "paid time off" and I would still have to submit sub plans. My worry is that neither of these seem like the break I feel I need because I will have to constantly be in the school writing plans, making copies, grading, etc, and if I choose to take a leave of absence, I will be doing that all unpaid. Has anybody else been in a similar situation or can maybe give me some words of wisdom moving forward?