Just wondering what y'all thought. Of course, we all get sick because of being around so many sick kids. I've had a few sinus infections already, and we just started Second Quarter. I've been nasty sick this week, but nothing uncontrollable. I've been coughing (away from my 7th graders), congested, and losing my voice once in awhile. My principal has a strict attendance policy for teachers. At each faculty meeting, he reads how many teachers took days off and how many days were taken off. I'd rather not be teaching sick, but, if I had taken off all these days, I would've already used up my sick days FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. I know that germs are everywhere, and I know that my principal wants me there. Unless I'm dying, or unless my principal makes me leave, I will teach. A teacher today (that I know fairly well) made a comment to me today. I saw a student of mine going to the nurse. It was my off period. I asked her if she was okay. She said she didn't feel well. I said, Honey, I know the feeling. I hope you feel better. The other teacher commented, Maybe she caught it from you. I said, We all catch things from each other. The students are probably the ones that made me sick, but I'm not mad at them. I told her how strict the principal is about teacher attendance. She told me that we also need to be worried about student attendance. I was a little offended by that. I told her that our principal is aware of the fact that I'm sick because we talk often. Until he sends me home, I'm not going home if I am able to teach. I hate to think that I'm getting other people sick, but the reality is that it's everywhere. I don't even think I'm contagious because I have severe sinus problems. Everytime the weather changes, I get sick. I just thought this was kind of rude. I don't want to be on my principal's bad side and take days off because he doesn't think it's necessary. Sorry this was so long. I just needed to explain. What do y'all think?