How long do you take off for doctor's appointments?

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  1. Peregrin5

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    I was wondering when you go for a doctor's appointment and you need to take some time off, what is an appropriate amount of time to take?

    I mean, taking a whole day off would seem the easiest logistically speaking, but I also feel that it may be unnecessary. It also depends on the wait time you can expect. In reality, the appointment may only take up around 2-3 periods of time.

    Assume that this is just a typical check-up as well.

    This time I just took off the full day, but don't know what is appropriate. Thanks!
     
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    My district lets us either leave an hour early or come in an hour late three times a year, so I try to get late appointments and only take that hour. If I just can't get an appointment that late, I shoot for any afternoon time and take a half day.
     
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    Most often, all day. My home, doctor, and school were in three different counties...it was silly to go through all that.
     
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    I try my best to schedule appointments for 2:30 or later so that I don't have to take any time off from school. If that's not possible, I'll just take the whole day off.
     
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    I usually took 2 hours, but that was when I lived in a very tiny town with school and dr. within 5 minutes of each other and not much waiting at the dr. involved...2 hours was way more than I needed but I always played it safe. However, in that position I didn't get a sub when I was absent. Now that I will, I would either just take the half day (they have to pay the sub for a half day anyway, so might as well) or take a whole day off but try to get all of my appointments done in that one day.
     
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    I try my best to schedule them so I don't have to miss school. If that is not possible, I will take a half day. We can only take whole days or half days.
     
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    I get my general doctor appointments after school. I can see the office from my back yard, and my school is almost 4 miles away. No big deal.

    My specialists are all in the big city, which is 50 miles away. If I can get late-day appointments I will take a half day off. I can leave at 11:45. One of my specialists only has mid-day appointments, so I have to take the whole day.

    I'm usually betting checkups, and I can often schedule them during vacations. I have two scheduled for my fall break next week.
     
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    I try to get appointments after school, but when that's not possible, I try to only lose a half day... unless they are in the middle of the day. Subs get paid by the half day, so there would be no sense just taking an hour off.
     
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    I try to schedule them on days when my planning backs up to my lunch. Really, I try to schedule them during school breaks.
     
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    I always schedule them on school breaks or as late in the day as possible. A few times in Idaho I would just get someone to cover the last 15 minutes with my class and I would leave early to get to appointments. The latest appointments they had were at 3:00 (on a military base)! Luckily the hospital was less than a mile from my school. Here in Hawaii I'm usually able to get later appointments.
     
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    We can only take a full day or half day... most of the time I can get my appointments for after school, but I do have to take a full day for the eye doctor - so does BF, because I can't drive home afterwards (yuck, eyes dilated).
     
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    We also can only take a full day or a half day. I try to scheduled things so that I don't need to take time off for appointments.
     
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    I try to get late appointments and go after school. Kindergarten releases at 2:30, so if I can get. 3:00 appointment I can just leave from there. We also have the option of leaving an hour early and I do that too. If it is planned I can usually do one of those things, if not it really just depends what it is, half day is my next option but sometimes that doesn't work either.
     
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    I just have to take off the actual hours that I will be gone. If the appointment is late morning, however, I will take the whole day. My doctor is very thorough, and it is not unusual for him to order an additional test if the appointment warrants it.
     
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    I generally make my appointments for school breaks, as many here have shared. If I need to go during the school year, I make as late an appointment as I can. I'd take a half sick day if needed.
     
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    It depends on the time of year. At my current school we can't roll over sick days, so if it towards the end of the year & I have days to use I'll take the whole day. If not, I'll take just a 1/2 day if I can't get the appointment during a non-school time.
     
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    I schedule them after school or take a 1/2 day.
     
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    I take the whole day. I don't take sick days and only miss a maximum of 2-3 days each school year due to appointments. My principal rarely lets us miss a day for PD, so I don't feel bad about taking a day. My sick days aren't rolled over so if I don't use it, I lose it.
     
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    When possible I schedule them around school hours.

    When it wasn't possible-- I got the last radiation appointments of the day, and they still weren't late enough-- I left school 10 minutes early for 6 weeks. Fortunately that year I was one of 4 teachers in a cafeteria study hall 9th period, so the other 3 teachers just covered for me.
     
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    My contract has me stay until 3:50 which for some doctor offices it is impossible to get an appt later than 4. I am pregnant and have a lot of appts (seeing some specialist) I always ask for the latest appt they have and see if my principal can work with me on leaving a few minutes early if I need to. I also will take 1/2 a sick day if I need to or 1/2 personal day.
     
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    I think if you live 30 min or less from your doctor & the issue is nothing complicated, taking a 1/2 day should be good enough. But, heck, who am I to say...! Take the whole day off is you want! That's what I prefer to do!
     

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