Vacation during the school year

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  1. AlwaysAttend

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    This is my exact thought as well. The principal barely knows you and you're asking to leave school for a vacation.
     
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    Yeah. This might be a question best reserved for better understanding of school culture. Would they think nothing of you requesting a couple of unpaid days to take a vacation because, hey, vacations are really nice? Or do they prefer teachers reserve that sort of thing and you're making yourself look bad? Culture check needed.
     
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    Can you really think of any school or place of business where it would be cool to ask for a vacation within the first 8 weeks of employment? Especially since the ask is within first few weeks of employment?
     
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    No, not really.

    I keep forgetting OP is brand-new to the school.

    Depending on the culture of the school, a teacher with a few more years under her belt might have the clout to ask for one... even, yes, at the beginning of the year.
     
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    My issue is she's brand new.
     
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    Well, then, enjoy Hawaii and bring back educational photos to show your students!
     
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    Update the post when you get your renewal letter in the spring so we know you're still employed!
     
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    I'm glad this worked out for you. It sounds like you work for an amazing district.

    Going on a trip during the school year is really frowned on in my district. For example, a coworker tried to take three days off for her step-daughter's destination wedding. She was new and only had two personal days. She was willing to take a day without pay. This special request was denied because if they approved it, it would set a bad precedent. She ended just calling off for the day before the wedding and flying back immediately. To add to this stressful trip, she came back with a bug and was really sick at work. She never got in trouble for calling off that day. However, she made sure no pictures were on social media and didn't tell anyone about it.

    I have a chance to also go on an almost free trip this school year. Now, I have four personal days and over 80 sick days. If it pans out, I will probably run it past my principal before filling out the paper work. If it is during state testing or around a holiday, I know that I will not be able to go. In 20 plus years of teaching, I've never gone on a trip longer than three days during the school year. I would just prefer to go in the summer.
     
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