Has anyone played hooky as a teacher?

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  1. Pi-R-Squared

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    Whenever I've needed personal days, I made sure I had them approved. When I was sick, I would use my sick days.... But, as a teacher, I have never used a sick day to miss work when not sick.... When I wasn't a teacher, I once called in sick and then went to a casino. ;)

    Anyone here called in sick as a teacher when you weren't sick and just didn't want to come to school?
     
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  3. OhioTeacher216

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    Yes-- after a very emotionally provoked staff meeting. I considered it a 'mental health day'-- first time in four years I missed. However, I was afraid of our school's resource officer was going to stop over and take my temp....lol
     
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    Yes, and I don't feel bad about it as long as I have left appropriate work for the students to do in my absence. Some teachers at my school don't leave work and just call out sick willy nilly.
     
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    I have taken mental health days before. I never get sick (knock on wood) so I don't feel guilty about it because I'm not missing other days. It's usually 1-2 days per year. We also don't have any difference in our contract for personal vs. sick days- they are all "annual leave days." You don't have to get approval as long as it's less than 4 days in a row, and no one is allowed to ask why you're out. So I'm not pretending to be sick when I'm not.

    That said, I have not done that this year because things are just so stressful at work with the pandemic, and with all of the systems we have in place this year it causes stress to other people if I'm gone. We've also had periods of remote learning this year, which does feel like enough of a "break" to me. The schedule is significantly easier, behavior management is easier, and many of the non-teaching responsibilities are removed. So having those "breaks" already built in hasn't really made me feel like I need a day off this year.
     
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    I tend to take personal days over sick days even when it's a mental health day. This is because I earn more PTO time than sick time per pay period. That being said, my school is amazing about giving leeway for if I need to come and go on a slightly different schedule on any given day. This is especially on days when I leave to go to therapy!

    If you have sick time, and you are sick in your soul, take the mental health day!
     
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    I pre-plan sick days.
     
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    Yes, usually once every school year (and I almost always wait until May).
     
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    I do this more or less.

    But like others, which I was a clarion teacher if I was having a really bad day with my leg, I’d use a sick day. I just always made sure I had backup lesson plans just in case.
     
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    Wouldn't that be hard to do if you're trying to "pretend" to be sick? I'm under the impression that if you wake up with a fever / pukes / runs, then you'd contact the P and he/she would handle it. But pre-planning to me sounds like you're already gonna have the sub available and lessons ready. For me, there were days when I kinda felt bad and tried to find a sub in the early hours but was unsuccessful, so I just went into work.... If I felt just awful, I would have stayed home.... and I have found subs when the evening prior so that I could land one instead of having to call at 4am.... That happens when I'm recovering from sinus infections..... Maybe I just don't have the guts to straight-up lie to admin and have them find me a sub when I could just go to work.
     
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    Yeah, me too. Really, we all should do that since you never know when something will happen. I got lucky with timing when I got strep from one of the kids last year. I felt sick Friday, went to doc Saturday, able to be non-contagious for Monday.

    One ELA teacher wasn't so lucky. Her spouse was in a terrible accident, like ICU, multiple surgeries bad, and she had nothing. The art teacher and I tag-teamed her classes from nothing but her regular lesson plans, which were spartan since she's been at it for years and has all her planning down pat.
     
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    Any days that we take other than sick days are designated for specific purposes--sick family member, bereavement, moving, convocation--so if I want or need a day, it needs to be a sick day. We book our absences online, and don't need to explain to anyone why we are off. I usually take 3 - 4 mental health days/year.
     
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    With my leg, sometimes I do have to take unexpected days off because of pain and what not. We always got fussed at if we had days with no sub work planned and I never liked hearing their mouths.
     
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    We're required to have emergency sub plans for this reason. But it's also reasonable to assume maybe someone started feeling poorly the day before, and left sub plans before leaving work that day. Or you type them up the night before and send them in to teammates or the secretary to print out.
     
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    No, I never have. Our sick days count toward our retirement income, so it pays to keep them. I’ve also always liked to keep a buffer of days built up just in case of illness.
     
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    I just called off for tomorrow! o_O I'm honestly just really cold and tired. I almost never call off, so I don't feel bad.
     
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    For us it's called an HML (health/medical leave) instead of actually a "sick" day so I plan all my doctor's appointments on school days (as opposed to school breaks) and I can request a day off for that. They don't ask what kind of appointment you have so even if my appointment is at 8am I still take the whole day off. As long as I request it a week ahead of time it's usually approved. I don't really call out "sick" because but would do so if I had to (even if I wasn't sick). We just call and say you won't be able to come in today and you will hopefully be back tomorrow. They can't ask why unless it's more t han 3 days in a row. I have almost 250 "sick" hours to use so I don't feel bad. The only time I would feel bad is if I didn't leave any work for my students but I always have emergency plans so it's not an issue for me, unlike some teachers in my school who's classes just sit around all day doing nothing but watch videos because they don't PLAN and call out all the time.
     
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    That's going to be a YES for me.
     
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    I hardly ever use sick days and they carry over so I have a ton of them saved. Like someone else posted they can be used towards your retirement, Well in our state only a certain amount can be used towards retirement so really I should use them or I am going to loose them, unless I get an unexpected long term illness. We have to put in for personal days a week in advance so I have sometimes used a sick day when things come up unexpectedly but those are just a few times. I have never just called in because I don't feel like going, not leaving sub plans. We are supposed to have a few days worth but I don't and in fact I don't think any of use really do. A few years ago when I did have to take an unexpected week off because my Mom was extremely ill my grade level and the RTI teacher helped tremendously. My mom was on a ventilator so I sent lesson plans in each day because she didn't need anything much from me at that point. I usually use my personal days up because my daughter plays in the band and does tennis. This year the band did not travel for anything so I still have all my days. I did have to leave early one day because I had a migraine. i am taking the 26th off to watch my daughter play tennis.
     
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    If I do, it is because I'm just worn out and need a day to sleep, sleep and sleep. Then I'm good for a while. LOL
     
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    I hate taking days off.. Sub plans are more work than showing up.
     
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    Won't have to this week because we've got a few snow days. Woot woot.
     
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