I almost never take off work unless I am extremely ill, have a doctor's appointment that couldn't be rescheduled, or there is something important (like a wedding or funeral) in my personal life. I typically use 1 - 2 personal days and 3 - 4 sick days each school year. The people I used to work with were the same way. Now, I work with almost all new people (some new to teaching, some to the grade level) and they take off a lot more than I would feel comfortable with. That made me wonder about other teachers and how often they take off and for what reasons. I am also reevaluating my own criteria for when to use leave.