School Cancelled, But Not For Employees?

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  1. MsMar

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    We once had it that the kids had off and teachers had a two hour delay. But, if we hadn't come in at all it would have been a full day make up at the end of the year to get us to our stated number of days in our contract. So, it's happened, but that's once in five years that I know of.
     
  2. giraffe326

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    You would have to take a sick day.
    My P was great because she'd let us make up the time after school/before school. Until someone lied about their make-up hours. That ended that.
     
  3. waterfall

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    Denver public schools does this often (that's not where I work, but I live in the area). On the news they frequently announce that school is "optional" for students and that "central office staff" can work from home. Obviously, the teachers still have to come in.
     
  4. chemnerd19

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    That's horrible! :eek:hmy:
     
  5. Shanoo

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    Where I used to work, school was never cancelled. Parents had the opportunity to keep their kids home if they wanted, but school was always open.

    Teachers were required to report. If you had trouble getting in, that wasn't an excuse. If you didn't make it in by end of day, they docked you a day's pay.

    Calling in sick also wasn't an option. A district near me, after a particularly bad storm, reported that they had had double the amount of people calling in sick that day than normal. The public went witch-hunt crazy, calling teachers lazy and thieves (for "stealing" their salary that day for work they didn't do). The district required every teacher who called in sick that day to provide a doctor's note.
     
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    My first principal considered a snow day a "work from home day" she figured we'd do something work related. Whether we did or not didn't matter.

    The only people who go in on our snow days is the building engineer and security. We've gotten emails from them letting us know that they are there & that the building is open. He's also reminding us that the salt isn't working and to be careful in the parking lots and on the sidewalk.

    I'm usually pretty good about knowing if the forecast is severe enough that a snow day might be called. I may take work home when I normally wouldn't.
     
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    We had to go in the past two days even though school was closed for the kids. The first day was due to icy conditions. The second day was due to subzero temperatures. We were only allowed to work in our rooms for about an hour or so each day AFTER staff development on testing procedures and classroom management. We have to make the "snow days" up when the kiddos do.
     
  8. JustMe

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    So...do you get paid extra for the two extra work days? I find this crazy!
     
  9. MissScrimmage

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    It was -46C with the wind on Monday so school was cancelled. All employees were expected to report to school.
     
  10. EMonkey

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    When I was a child and they closed the school due to wind chill, I was told it was because the cost of heating the schools would be too high and that it would be impossible to really heat the schools. If that is true then it makes no sense that the districts want teachers to come in. The reason I even asked at the time was because it was very possible to get to the schools on the days canceled-clear days with little snow.
     
  11. webmistress

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    wow, I couldn't work for any district that felt my life wasn't worth being protected. Just wow
     
  12. smalltowngal

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    I have never had to go into school when the students had a snow day.
     
  13. Ima Teacher

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    Let me clarify our "staff report" policy. We are in an area with mountains and valleys. We have one school district that serves the whole county. Many times a snow day is called with NOTHING on the roads in the part of the county where I live. Staff is reporting on days that the main roads are clear, but the busses can't run.

    Of course, teachers who live on the mountains can choose not to come in if they want, but most do since they're used to those conditions on a normal basis.

    We can do this three to five times per school year because the teachers attend on DAYS, but the students attend on MINUTES. So, we go a longer day every day to bank time for such instances.
     
  14. Emily Bronte

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    In my district, teachers are generally not required to attend on snow days.
     
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    A lot of teachers were wondering the same thing...we found out that the days we have set aside in the calendar as make up days are actually paid days- even if we don't use them. Apparently having these "free" days was a compromise in lieu of a pay raise about 20 years ago :rolleyes: In the Super's newsletter today he talked about the reasons staff were called in on those two days- the district had some time-sensitive items that needed to be taken care of (grade cards- which really were a non-issue since we just had a prep day on the 2nd, and a new middle school opening). He also mentioned how he knows that all of our teachers would be happy to sacrifice for the benefit of the students. :lol: Not even sure what that has to do with anything...but whatever. We're happy to find out we were paid for it, but still disappointed that WE had to get OUR kids out in the sub-zero temps after finding childcare last minute...
     

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