Mental Health Days

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  1. Zelda~*

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    My two cents: Take the mental health days when you need them. My co-teacher when I taught at Head Start was a lovely woman in her early sixties. Never liked to even take a sick day. Worried about how they'd replace her for the day, because, subs are hard to find. Well. Her cancer returned and she never got to retire. Never got a chance to do all that fun stuff after retirement.

    At the end of our life, no one ever says, "Gosh. If only I'd gone to work more." Spend the time with loved ones. Take that trip. Make memories. Go to that festival. Carpe diem.
     
  2. Aces

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    I'm with Zelda on this one. That's why I'm using 5 of my personal days to extend my Christmas break because the family and I will be traveling.
     
  3. MissCeliaB

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    I have so many days banked up. I rarely take off, but I'm glad to know I have them when I need them. I take off if I'm too sick to work (vomiting, contagious, etc.) I also take off for funerals, etc. if I need to. Once, I took a half day to travel. I also take off once a year for doctors appointments and try to schedule everything for that day. My husband has classes that it's easier to leave sub plans for, so he takes off for things like leaks, broken AC, etc.

    I have no problem being off for those days if I need to be. We are alloted 10 sick and 2 personal days. I'd never abuse them, but I've learned that the world keeps going even if I need a day to be sick.
     
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  4. Backroads

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    I certainly respect the responsibility of trying to in the classroom. I once replaced a teacher who apparently only worked in my area because it was close to a number of ski resorts. As a good Utahn I certainly can't condemn skiing and far be it from me to say that love the slopes was wrong, but there can be a discrepancy between taking care of yourself and valuing yourself and doing your job. Making a fervent goal of using all sick days in the presence of a respectable system for handling said days might very well be on the side of unprofessional. But on the other hand, those sick and personal days are indeed part of their budgeted compensation system. It's one thing to have a reasonable loyalty to your work and an appreciation for what you contribute to the classroom. It's quite another to live in fear of the classroom falling into shambles if you're not there every now and then. Frankly, if you're doing your job right, your students should be able to handle you gone here and there with hardly a blip on their education.
     
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    Getting a half day in Friday.
     
  6. futuremathsprof

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    I don’t understand what this means. Could you elaborate, please?
     
  7. Always__Learning

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    I almost never take a mental health day. I've been in education for almost 20 years and what I am trying to work towards is devoting more of my weekend to non-school stuff. An experienced teacher told me very early in my career, "If I wake up and feel like I just don't have the patience today, that I'm going to call in sick." So I do think they have a purpose and are acceptable as long as they are not over utilized.
     
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    This is a respectable way to look at this. I agree.
     
  9. Aces

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    They're either leaving early or coming in late Friday.
     
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  10. futuremathsprof

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    Oh, this makes much more sense than what I was thinking. I didn’t know personal days could be used for part of a day, so my guess was they had a minimum day or something and so I didn’t see the correlation between using a personal day and what the poster said.

    Thank you! :)
     
  11. Aces

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    Sometimes it's done in hours not days. Just depends.
     
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    I'm with Zelda here. Nobody is indispensable, regardless of how much time they put in at school and how many other activities they supervise.
    So, I use all my earned sick days and personal days each year because I earn them and I have a life outside of school.
     
  13. futuremathsprof

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    I thought teachers were prevented from using personal days before and after school breaks? At least, that’s what I’ve glossed from reading other posters’ posts on here.
     
  14. Always__Learning

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    I would disagree with the idea that we "earn" sick days. Where I am, our union negotiates for sick days that we can use when we are sick. We are to use them as needed based on being sick.
     
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    In your own words, “I have a life outside school.” Agreed, we all do, and we all deserve time off, but the keyword here is outside. When I am on campus and on contract, my life revolves around my students’ lives and my students’ needs.
     
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    :agreed:
     
  17. Aces

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    Again depends on the district. Mine limits the amount of people that can do it. I always get mine in early.
     
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    I see. Understood.
     
  19. TeacherNY

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    Our personal/sick days are used by the hour so I could come in late/leave early and not use a whole day. I have so many sick days though even if my doctor's appointment will be done by 9am I still take a whole day :)
     
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    My mental health is just as important as my physical health, so I believe that a day to tend to that is a valid use of a sick day.
     

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