If you get sick and resign

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  1. webmistress

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    and have a doctor's statement...can they still revoke your license?
    This is what I'm being told by some people.
    Has anyone ever heard of such a thing?
     
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  3. Kangaroo22

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    I would think that if you have a doctor's note backing you up it would be fine, but you should look at your contract and find out the process for resigning from your district. Last year I resigned from a teaching job for personal reasons and only needed to give my district 30 days notice and everything was fine.
     
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    If your contract is up at the end of this school year, I think you might be better off taking a leave of absence for the remainder of the year due to medical reasons. When it comes time to offer a new contract, you can decline.

    Otherwise, depending on your contract language, you may be in for some trouble (regardless of a doctor's statement). There could be a monetary penalty, not to mention the fact that when you do go to look for a job again, you may have to check that little box that asks if you have ever broken a contract. Yes, it's for a good reason, but it's a broken contract nonethless. See what your options are for taking that leave of absence.
     
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    It's pathetic we have to ask permission to quit our jobs.
     
  6. Hoot Owl

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    Your license is with the State Dept of Ed and is generally a five to six year license. Your contract is with your district. If you have to take a medical leave the State Dept. probably won't even be notified.
     
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    Thing is I have NOT signed a contract.

    I was "board approved" on Last tuesday. I NEVER signed a contract. But they are still saying that since I took the job and gave a verbal agreement, and was board approved....I'm still breaking a contract that I DID NOT sign.

    I did not know that being board approved = signing a contract that I did not sign.

    WTH.
     
  8. webmistress

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    I second that.
     
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    Your health and well being is soooo much more important than any job. Do what you need to do to protect your health and let the chips fall where they may.
     
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    Talk to your union rep. They should be able to give you advise.
     
  11. Anyalee

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    Um what? Why would you lose your license? You should be fine especially if you haven't signed a contract. Have you seen the contract? Is that a stipulated consequence of quitting? This seems like it would hold up in court if you are really sick. Just curious...is it the job that is making you crazy? If so, maybe this isn't for you anyway?
     
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    You have a number of arguments in your favor:

    1) Contracts for over $500 have to be in writing under the Uniform Commercial Code.

    2) Contracts can fail for indefiniteness. It is not clear that licensing stipulations would be in the contract if it were signed (the state may define this).

    3) Contracts can be voided for impossibility/impracticality, which severe illness might cover. I believe this is not technically breaking a contract, though you should get a contract lawyer's opinion on how you might be able to respond to future questions on the subject. Of course, you only get to this point if it's determined that there was any kind of contract made in the first place.
     
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    I thought you already had a job? Last month you had a thread about the principal criticizing you in front of students. Did you leave that job and now this is a new one? I'm a bit confused. How did this board just approve you now? And you have no insurance with your current position? Isn't it full time?

    Anyhow, good luck with things. Sorry I have no advice. I wish you well. Mental illness is so debilitating.
     
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    Thank you becky, I agree.

    scmom, I don't anything about the union. I will have to ask someone. I do know that I haven't even had the opportunity to join the union or anything, so I don't know if they would help me.

    Anyalee
    I sent PM, I am trying not to put too much info out here.
     
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    I still think you're worrying too much about it. What's the worst that could happen? You won't be able to teach again? That's seriously not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Your marriage & sanity is more important than all of this!
     
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    Anyalee, not being able to teach again is almost like a death to me.
    I totally understand and agree with where you're coming from though. :)
    Those who sent Pm I'm not ignoring you, I'll respond.
     
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    ok, it's all over now :)

    I sent a (trustworthy) man at HR 3 loooong emails detailing everything, and he just said that my resignation will be accepted and I will not be reported to the state.
     
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    See! I told you it would be okay...now go have a cookie! :)
     
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    I know that was the toughest thing in the world, Webmistress, but I'm glad you've done what you need to do. Thinking of you tonight! We all are, probably.
     
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    I'm glad that your resignation was accepted, webmistress.
     
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    Thank you Anyalee and catnfiddle :):) And thanks everybody.


    So anyway, when I get well again, I'm thinking intervention teacher or Homebound teacher.

    I don't know much about those, but I do know I need to try small group, and then after years and years maybe I'll be ready for a regular classroom position.....?

    IF anyone knows of any job titles where you can still teach kids, but you will do it on a smaller (group) level, let me know, please.

    But ok, let me hush for now, and relax and recover.
     
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    Thank you Jessica:)
     
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    OMG one of my (former) students just called me. :wub:

    Awwwww....

    He said "Heeey Mrs S."
    How sweet. My kids loved me, they really really did.

    ETA:
    Yes I called each of them last week and let them know I would not return. I did not want them to be "shocked" or anything like that. In my last week, I gave them a lot of subtle hints and clues (ie, taking pictures, etc) so even when I called them to confirm it 100%, I didn't want them to be shocked/hurt. They knew it was coming.

    I wanted to leave on peaceful and positive terms with the kids so that we could all have closure.
     
  24. Anyalee

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    maybe try a private school?
     
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    What about working for one of those tutoring companies?
     
  26. catnfiddle

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    You can always try my kind of classroom from the comfort of your home. Not saying NOW, just eventually I'd give you a list of online schools in your state but I'm not sure where you live.

    Recover for now. I'd suggest a weekend trip that involves a visit to an alpaca farm, but that's what would make me feel better.
     
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    Thank you all for the suggestions! I will be looking into them. :)
     
  28. sciencegurl

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    Yeah, I echo what everyone has said. You might be penalized by the district and have to pay a penalty (this should be stated in your contract), but it shouldn't affect your license. Feel better!
     

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