Interviewing with new district while still working in another district?

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  1. Newkindermom

    Newkindermom Rookie

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    Hi everyone,

    I may have an interview with another school district, much sooner than I expected to. I have not let my current school district know I am hoping to leave and relocate at the end of the school year. How should I handle this appropriately?
    I believe this will be just a preliminary interview (where they interview a ton of candidates before moving on to final interviews with a select few.) Do I need to let my current school know?
    The interview would also be during the school day, so I would have to take a sick day I am assuming?
    Thanks for your help!!
     
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    1. You have no obligation to let your current school district know that you're looking for a position in another district. In fact, I'd advise you to not let them know anything until you've accepted another offer.

    2. Yes, I would take a sick day.
     
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    If you have the sick time then use it. Good luck!
     
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    Very few teachers let their schools know they are on the prowl for a new position. Do what you need to do, which will give your current district time to find a teacher who will do as wonderful a job as you have.
     
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    I was going to say the same thing. It doesn't hurt to shop around silently. ;)
     
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    Thank you all for your help!!
     
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    My rule of thumb is that, if I have a reason other than hating my current school (even if that is also a reason), such as moving far away, I tell my admin that I'm looking. If I'm looking for a new school locally because I'm unhappy where I'm at, then I don't say anything. To this point, notifying my admin in advance has never backfired. In fact, it's been quite helpful. The only time that it backfired was the time that I was looking locally and didn't tell my admin. They found out that I had an offer before I told them... because, in my P's words, "It's a small world out there, and all the principals in the area know each other." I suppose that it could have been worse if I had told her in advance, but it certainly wasn't pleasant with the actual outcome either.
     
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    I have always let my admin know. They'll let me know they got calls/emails about references.

    But I can understand why some shop around quietly. If my circumstances had ever been similar to some who've posted about crazy Ps or if I was looking locally, I wouldn't hesitate to stay mum.
     
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    I let him know that "although I plan to retire within the district, I am keeping my options open for next year". That was sort of the truth. It helped me when the call came.

    Yes, use a sick day if possible.
     

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