When to get a sub and when not to....

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  1. historyteacher09

    historyteacher09 Rookie

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    I have been feeling pretty bad the past day or so... head cold, cough, sore throat.

    Should I only miss school if I have a fever or am throwing up? I went today and it was fine but was a struggle because of how I was feeling. When is it ok to get a sub? (I'm a first year who just started so I really don't know)
     
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    teacherintexas Phenom

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    Fever and/or needing proximity to the bathroom are reasons to stay home.

    If you are so sick that you are miserable and can't function, stay home.
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Don't go to school until you've been fever and vomit free for 24 hours.
     
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    I feel you on this.I am a first year teacher also. I haven't been afraid to use my sick days. It is tough because we are a very small school and getting substitutes here is difficult, so teachers generally have to spend a plan period every now and then covering class. We have an awful flu going around, we have had about 3 teachers per day out this week, along with tons of students. I am getting a bit of a bug, but trying to hold out
     
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    If you haven't used a sick day since you started, there's no reason you can't use one now. I would definitely stay home if you feel you're highly contagious. Take the day and see if you can get checked by your doctor. If it's just a cold then at least you can get a day's rest but if it's something more serious you're better off getting some antibiotics sooner rather than later.
     
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    ms.irene Devotee

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    I stayed home one day last week. I wasn't on my deathbed, but I was losing my voice and I knew if I tried to plow through, I would make myself even worse. Take the day off if you need to -- just be prepared to return the favor if someone covered for you!
     
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    One day about 2-3 weeks ago, I couldn't really diagnose anything, but I was just having weird issues. I can't really explain what it was, but the thought of going to school that day was unbearable, so I just stayed home. It might have just been exhaustion. I slept the entire day, so I figure I made the right choice. The sick days are for your use. Don't be afraid to use them when you need to.

    For me it's usually a matter of weighing what is more painful: writing a sub plan, or just going to school and toughing it out. Writing the sub plan tends to win out in the pain category (they suck) so I usually just go to school.
     

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