Really want to take a personal day

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  1. Bella2010

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    Hi All,

    We have a track meet scheduled in about two weeks. I will be 34 weeks pregnant. I have been assigned to monitor students who are not participating, which means that I will be sitting on the hard, metal bleachers all day and waddling myself up and down the stairs/aisles.

    I remember the last two years: extreme heat, kids acting like idiots, and smelly bathrooms that ran out of TP in about two hours.

    I really want to take a personal day and hire a sub, but I don't want to look like I am playing the "pregnancy card." So, I don't know what to do.

    Beth
     
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  3. Lynn K.

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    You are entitled to your personal days. Take the day. No one needs to know why - maybe you had an appointment, or some other previously scheduled thing.
     
  4. smurfette

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    Who on earth would assign a way-pregnant woman to sit out in the sun on hard bleachers all day? Take the personal day and don't look back. If you really feel guilty, schedule a doctor's appointment or something. I don't have kids and I've never been pregnant, but even I know that's a bad idea for you.
     
  5. JustMe

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    Personal Day!
     
  6. catnfiddle

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    Take the day. You have them for PERSONAL reasons that don't require a ton of explanation.

    Oh, and welcome to the forum! :welcome::atoz_love:
     
  7. Proud2BATeacher

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    I would take a personal day and if you feel uncomfortable doing so, I'm sure you could get a doctor's note.
     
  8. JaimeMarie

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    Take the personal day!
     
  9. Bella2010

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    Thanks, guys! DH keeps telling me to take the personal day. It helps getting that opinion seconded from fellow teachers. I just don't want to look like a whimp.

    Thanks again,

    Beth
     
  10. Sarge

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    Play the pregnancy card.

    I sure would if I could.
     
  11. oldfashioned

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    It's a no-brainer. Take the personal day.

    Once, when I was in the middle of one of my pregnancies, my grade level was scheduled to take a hike in the mountains. At the time, I had to use the bathroom OFTEN, and I couldn't see myself ducking behind trees and bushes. I called a sub for the day, and no one questioned my decision and I felt not an ounce of guilt. Neither should you.
     
  12. JaimeMarie

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    BTW welcome to the boards. I hope you are here to stay. We have a lot of pregnant ladies and new moms on the boards right now. And of course a bunch of wonderful teachers.
     
  13. CFClassroom

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    Is it a school-wide event? Last year I was pregnant with twins and my grade level was going tidepooling. I obviously couldn't go walking on wet rocks, but my doctor also would not let me travel the distance or ride on a school bus.

    I arranged to have an aide from a different grade level go with my class and I filled her role for the day.

    Talk to your OB. I'm sure he/she would give you a medical excuse to not participate.
     
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    I want to take a personal day on our field day and I'm not pregnant. I just don't like field day! Go for it!
     
  15. WhatchaDoin?

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    Just agreeing with everyone else - take the day! I like the idea to schedule an appointment that day. I also think it's a safety issue - navigating bleacher seats at 34 weeks pregnant to manage kiddos isn't the safest way to go. Good luck, and enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy!
     
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    Take the day, no explanation required.
     
  17. blindteacher

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    :agreed:
     
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    Pregnancy is a wonderful experience for men and women and your P or AP should know that.

    Go and take the day, especially for the safety of your baby. If you fall or get overheated.....

    No worries, playing the preg-o card in this situation is very very acceptable.
     
  19. CFClassroom

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    Just something else to consider...is there a rain date for the event? If there is then a personal day might not be the way to go. I would just be honest with your concerns. They are valid.
     
  20. czacza

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    Take it.
     
  21. kcjo13

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    Can you just talk to the organizer and ask for a more pregnancy appropriate assignment? Our track meet is this Friday, and usually I am the Clerk of the Finish. However this year, the PE teacher had already asked me what I wanted-if anything-to do. I was going to announce, which meant just sitting up in the crow's nest and using the mic.

    However, being on bedrest I obviously can't go as a worker (I will probably go and park in a lawn chair and watch my own daughter). The organizer totally understood-she just found someone else. Is your school big enough that maybe whoever was organizing didn't realize that you were that pregnant? Or it was just an oversight?

    I guess I would be annoyed if I had to take a personal day in order to not be uncomfortable. Would they require a wheelchair bound person to be a runner at the event? Or a deaf person to announce? Nope. If I were you, I would stand up for myself, and ask for a more appropriate assignment.
     

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