Is anyone else having a professional development day on election day?

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  1. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Our school is a polling site, so there will be many thousands of people on campus casting their votes tomorrow. The students will have the day off, and we teachers are having a staff development day.

    Anyone else?
     
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    Not us! I wish!
     
  4. JustMe

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    No school. Marked as professional day on calendar but as usual it's not really.
     
  5. PowerTeacher

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    Yep, at least three heavy duty meetings.
     
  6. MissCeliaB

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    We have fall break today and tomorrow.
     
  7. K1teach

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    Yes, all of our schools are polling places so we have professional development and the kids are off. It is odd to have a Tuesday off and some people don't understand but when I think about the general public having open access to our schools all day I am glad the kiddos aren't there.
     
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    We have had an inservice day on election day for about 8 years now.
     
  9. Rabbitt

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    Never heard of this before but it sounds widespread.
    Get lots done!

    We run a tight calendar Labor Day to Memorial Day.
    Only Thanksgiving and Christmas off.
    If Christmas Eve Day is a Tuesday through Friday we even have a half day!
    No professional days :(
     
  10. MissApple

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    Yep. Unfortunately we only get an hour and a half of teacher planning time. The rest is meetings -_-
     
  11. MissCeliaB

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    That sounds miserable! Why do you go so many days? We get out labor day, 2 days for fall break, a week for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas, MLK day, President's day and a week for spring break. We have two professional development days, also.
     
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    Unfortunately

    Yes, and we have a choice of meetings, but they're the same meetings we had in August. And the nine weeks ends on Friday, so I'd prefer to be grading or planning.
     
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    In the past, we have had parent-teacher conferences on Election Day. Starting this year, we are getting they day off if it's a presidential election, and conferences are moved to Wednesday. It looks like it was a good decision, since everyone is already saying how long the lines are.
     
  14. Cicero

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    Same here with the kids being off! We are just having a work day today instead of professional development.
     
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    Here in Spain they have elections on Sundays, so it's not a problem. Our schools are polling places, too.
     
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    I remember back in elementary school probably K or First Grade going to school and watching people vote during our lunch period. Apparently our school was a polling place, however school was not closed nor did we have the day off. The kids ate lunch and up on the stage the voters voted in the traditional walk behind the curtain and cast your vote voting booth. It was kind of cool. Thanks for bringing back that memory. Gosh makes me feel old!
     
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    All our schools around here are poling places too, but the kids all still have school.
     
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    We have off as we still have no power, but generally, no.
     
  19. Miz_Jay

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    When I was little the schools were polling places - I'd imagine most of the probably still are. I remember in middle school the gate being up to keep us away from the voters near the office.

    Now, in this instance at least, the polling place at that middle school has moved across the street since the city now owns a building there that is no longer used as anything.
     
  20. smalltowngal

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    I don't ever remember being off school for elections. I don't think our schools are used as polling places.
     
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    In my area it's a holiday for students and teachers.
     
  22. scholarteacher

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    All our Teacher Work Days are PD days except last Monday, when we were to do conferences. We don't get any other work days the whole year. Our principal is very sensitive, though, to try to cut the PD short and give us time in our rooms.
     
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    Our day today is not a work day. Our staff development days are never work days.

    I've been in meetings for 4 hours straight already. Just starting a 90-minute meeting now. No breaks. Boring.
     
  24. FarFromHome

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    Both students and teachers have Election Day off here.
     
  25. kpa1b2

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    I don't remember what happened when I was in elementary school. My own kids use to have a 1/2 day, up until lunch. Now, it's a day off. My school went to a workshop. Tomorrow is conferences.
     
  26. Rabbitt

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    I have gotten used to it.
    Not sure why, but the school board prefers a tight calendar.
    Since the September 1st state mandate, we are in school Tuesday after Labor Day until Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend. Before the mandate, we did have four day weekends in October, February, and Easter.
     
  27. bandnerdtx

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    It was a student holiday and PD for the teachers.
     
  28. readingrules12

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    No, we had school yesterday. Our school is not a polling place. I don't know of any in AZ that delay school for the election.
     

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