As our district approaches the end of Fall Semester, all I can think about is how much I'm already dreading returning in the Spring. The past few months have been some of the hardest I have ever faced and I am completely worn out. I am tired, I am sad, and I feel like I am about to give up on teaching altogether. I know everyone says it's better to hold on and that Spring Semester always flies by, but a week in this school can feel like a miserable eternity. I know all schools have their problems, but it feels like the order in my school is breaking down by the minute. Students are disrespectful to each other and to teachers; fights are common, as are anonymous death and shooting threats on social media. I have personally witnessed a student threaten a teacher in the hallway. It's not uncommon to see kids wandering the hallways because they are either skipping or have been kicked out of class with nowhere to go. It is not surprising to walk by classrooms and see kids standing in desks or running full speed around the room. Administrators rarely do anything to help with these issues and mostly just leave teachers to their own (and few) devices. Teachers are so worn out they are constantly absent, with limited subs to cover because nobody wants to come here. I myself have missed days because the stress of coming to work has made me physically sick. I am always frustrated because I want to teach but I'm in an environment that makes real teaching impossible. I am always overwhelmed because I know I have to get over 100 students to pass standardized tests in the spring, but over half of those students didn't pass their tests last year. I am always sad because I feel like I am failing myself and my students and I have no idea what to do. I am always tired because it takes nearly all of my energy just to get out of bed in the morning and drive to a place I know I will be faced with a multitude of unsolvable problems. I don't even enjoy my weekends anymore because I know I have just two short days before I have to be back at work. Now I am thinking ahead to winter break, and I already know I won't enjoy the time off as much as I should because I'll be counting down the days and hours until I have to return to a place that has such a negative impact on me. I don't want to give up, but I don't want to wake up and dread going to work anymore. I have been looking at other districts for awhile, and several are hiring mid-year. I am tempted to try to leave my contract and apply to these schools, but there are several concerns I have about this. First, I do not want my certification put in jeapordy and I know that can happen when you break with a contract. Second, I am weary of schools that are hiring in the middle of the year because it is possible they are filling a position made vacant by a teacher who was fed up with that school's problems. Finally, I am worried I won't get hired somewhere else and future employers will see my broken contract with this district as a red flag. I have talked to everyone in my family about all of this, including other teachers, and the majority of responses are to leave. As much as I want to leave, I am still feeling a lot of concerns and guilt on the matter. I need advice desperately so please, if anyone on here has ever faced a similar problem, what did you do?! Is there a way to leave a district mid year without leaving teaching? Please help!!!