Can I take a personal day off on a PD day?

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  1. Cheekyone

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    I teach math at a high school. I've been feeling like I'm going to burn out. This upcoming Friday, we have professional development day-where we enhance our teacher skills with activities and workshops. Problem is, I really need a day off. I have not taken a day off ever this year(first year), but I'm not sure how "ok" this is. I have been always present as a teacher to my students-granted, break is around the corner. What do you all recommend?
     
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    I wouldn't do it. At my school, it would be noticed much more than taking a regular school day off. If you need a personal day, take one - they are your days - but I wouldn't do it on a PD day.
     
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    The same is true in my district. In fact, the district reviews all absences on PD days. It's just better to avoid getting onto anyone's radar. I'd recommend taking the day before or after off instead.
     
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    Check with your district - it likely differs between each district/each contract. If you're a part of a union, you could contact them if you're afraid of what others would think.
     
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    I agree with the others. In my district taking a PD day as a personal day is really frowned upon. You'd be much better off taking your day off on a teaching day.
     
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    We have to have personal days approved in advance by the P. My pricipal has not had a prolem with personal days being used on a PD day depending on the reason. We have a lot of PD and much of it is really repetitive, my P would aprove it, but I would not take a day without discussing it with her first.
     
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    Personal days must be preapproved, and attendance is mandatory for inservice and PD days. This sounds like you are playing with fire.
     
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    If you need a "mental health day," take a sick day on a random Wednesday.
     
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    If I took off on a day like that I would need a doctor's note.
     
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    Weird. My school prefers us to take days off when we don't have kids, like PD Days!
     
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    I guess it depends on the school. I have never done it, but I know a lot of teachers at our school take personal days on PD days - our PD days are scheduled before and after holiday breaks.
     
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    I don't know what the rules are where you're at, but our PD days set up by the district cover the required yearly hours that teachers need to have to maintain certification. If you miss a PD day you may fall short on hours and will have to make it up elsewhere.
     
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    Don't do it. A lot of the administrators who would be present at our PD days would make offhand comments about "so and so isn't here, fancy that", because they always miraculously were sick on PD days.

    I looked at PD days as a break from students, a slower-paced day but still work none-the-less. If you really need a day off from everything, I'd take off the day after or before the PD day.

    Heaven forbid on one PD day you should actually be ill and need to call in. Then you'd have two PD days you've missed. You're in your first year, and this is the year impressions are made. I encourage you to take a personal day any other day.
     
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    We just have a big PTO bucket, so personal day = sick day = whatever day.

    But even in that scenario, I would try to avoid taking a day off on a PTO just for a mental health day. At my school, we don't always know when those happen and sometimes people schedule a day off before the PD is announced. That's one thing. And of course sometimes doctor appointments and weddings and funerals happen on PD days. That's also one thing.

    But there does seem to be a certain taboo about taking a mental health day on a PD day. And I generally support the occasional mental health day.
     
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    We are expected to be on site on PD Days. As others have said, even with meetings or training, it is a slower-paced, more relaxed day. I'm a fan of occasional mental health days, but I would suggest taking one on a teaching day instead.
     
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    And let it be known that I love PD days because it means that I get to go to this little bistro down the street for lunch. I never get to go otherwise because it's like a training restaurant for culinary arts students and they're suuuuper slow. But the food is excellent and cheap!
     
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    My school considers PD days to be blackout days, meaning that personal days are not allowed. With extenuating circumstances, the superintendent will review an employee's need for a personal day that happens to be on a PD day, and she may make an exception. Your district may have policies about this, so I would recommend looking into them. I would not recommend taking a personal day on a PD day, even if it doesn't go against policy, though. Those days are scheduled for a reason. You need to be there. Taking a random day off a couple of times during the year and leaving the students with a sub really isn't a big deal. It's not. Even in your first year. If you're going to survive as a teacher, you need to realize this sooner rather than later.
     
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    That would be even more discouraged at my school! We are specifically asked not to take days connected to holiday breaks. It's allowed in extenuating circumstances, but not just for a random day off.
     
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    This is how it also is with us. Taking a personal day on PD is so so frowned upon in the school I'm at and the public school I was before. I especially wouldn't dare doing it at as a 1st year teacher. If you are lucky sometimes a PD ends early.
     
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    I actually consider my PD days a nice break from students.
     
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    Our collective agreement states that we cannot take personal days on PD days. Check with someone to see what the rules are for you.
     
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    As others have said, I wouldn't do it, because your absence will be highly visible.
     
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    I'm the same way.
     
  26. mcqxu

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    Yes - this seems to be the norm elsewhere! I was talking to a friend in a neighboring district who said that district has a pretty strict policy on missing days connected to a holiday break. At our school there are some teachers who are absolutely notorious for missing PD days after holiday breaks. But who knows, they could be sick days? I never ask.
    I too also enjoy our PD days - I also love that they are right after breaks as they get me back into the swing of the school day schedule without the kids. A good transition day!
     
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    Thank you for the feedback-I'll go to PD, luckily I mentally bounced back since we had a field trip today. I'll use it in my april teaching days.
     

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