Taking a Mental Health Day

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  1. McKennaL

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    And MAN (!), I NEED it. Lots of things on my agenda (with a weekend job as well, I never get my errands done)...but i think my guilty conscience is working on me - because I am feeling a little sick to my stomach too.

    Shhheeeesh, if I actually AM sick on my "sick day" and can't get my stuff done...BOO!
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  3. Irishdave

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    Mental Health Days are important
     
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    Everybody takes 'em :) I haven't had one this year yet but I love how I only have to call the sub line, not my actual principal at 5 am like I did at my last school!
     
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    My last school just had a voicemail that you called to. So nice. Now I have to call the principal and the secretary and it really ticks me off because she always makes me feel guilty for taking the day "Oh, I GUESS I will be able to find someone for you. *sigh* Let me see what I can do." I just want to say "I don't really care what you do, I am going back to bed."
     
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    Silver, my old P would ask if we had a fever, diarrhea, wanted to know if we were going to the dr., etc. It's none of her business! I really appreciate the automated system now!!
     
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    I need a mental health day after yesterday. We have to call our own subs. No time for that today! Off to work.
     
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    I actually don't. This is my sixth year teaching and in that time I've taken one sick day when I had a stomach virus, one sick day to have surgery, a personal day for a funeral, and a half personal day to travel out of town for an event. I don't think there's anything wrong with taking personal days, it's just less work for me to go to school than to write sub plans. Then when I'm not at school I worry so much about my kids that it ruins the fun of being off.
     
  9. McKennaL

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    Oh I agree. It IS less work to GO to school than take a day (It took me three hours to write up what I do -specialized aide and all the promptings and handling the quirks, in addition to the instructions on the sheets and the subjects - attempting to gentle-down the holocaust for this little lamb; THAT"S a feat. YES! The hurdle is the holocaust.).

    But I NEED it. I only took off one other day this year (have ten to use). And I have an appointment that is VERY important at 4:00pm about an hour and a half drive (in no traffic- yeah right) from my school which gets out at 3:15. SO - the combo of the three...Mental Health day.

    I have been at those schools where you wake up the secretary - yuck! But this one is an automated system - click click click on the computer... and that's it.

    Anyway - not to waste this precious day. I'm off. (And yeah, I'm feeling better.)
     
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    I take them occasionally. We don't get snow days and work all through the summer so I don't feel guilty one bit.
     
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    Enjoy yor day!!
    In the morning shift principal doesn´t care about personal days BUT in the afternoon shift she DOES care and she isn´t pleased to give this kind of days... grrrrr.
     
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    I need a REAL sick day today. This pressure system moving out is trying to tug my sinuses along with it. I am miserable. But I figured since we had a 2 hr delay, I could survive.
     
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    Yes, it is easier just to go to work but if you plan it "write".....
    I had a couple of videos that "fit in" almost anytime into my syllabus. Got to love the history channel, TLC, Discovery channel and PBS and some times you can get a teacher's guide for the video which includes worksheet type materials, no sub can mess it up.
    Don't jump on me about subs, sometimes you just don't get good subs.
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    oops wrong sub
     
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    I don't either.

    I mentioned that on another board, and some people seemed to be offended by it, like I was somehow bragging about having it easy so that I never needed a day off.

    That's not the case at all. I just don't take them. I get enough breaks during the year to help, and I do have to take a sick day here and there when I am sick. I've never felt the need to take one.

    If other people want to take them, that's certain none of my concern.
     
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    I don't think everyone takes them but if you need one then I think it's a valid "sick" day. If you feel you can't function to the best of your ability on a particular day (stressed, worn out, havn't been getting enough sleep, whatever) then do whatever you need to do to recharge and come back to do your best the next day.
     
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    I've never taken one either. It's too much of a pain to plan lessons for the sub! And the subs are never good at middle school science anyway. In 3 years, I've taken time off for 1 funeral and 1 wedding. And each time I come back, I have to reteach the lessons anyway (things the sub should be able to do, like reading and taking notes out of the textbook) and the students are a mess because they've been misbehaving with the sub.

    Maybe we just need better subs! We had a sub yesterday for another teacher in my department, and the sub just told the students to work in groups and she sat there and texted all day. The department printer is in that room, so I and several other teachers walked through at various times during the day.
     
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    I try really hard to take my "mental health days" when we aren't doing much. Like tomorrow we have our 100th day stuff in the morning. After lunch we will be doing some other stuff in my room with teachers and tutors helping catch those who have been out sick up. I am taking the afternoon off and driving to visit some friends. I have had a rotten week anyway so I really needed it. I planned this several months ago and used a personal day.
     
  18. McKennaL

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    Well that IS one thing... I knew that I would be taking this day as a day off a while ago (once the appointment was made). But as it got closer I found that - as days go - this was a pretty good day to take off. The classes were pretty well going to be run by others, she would have a number of specialist appointments, and considering...if I were there I could have done it on 1/2 brain.

    Someone mentioned earlier that they would spend the day worrying about their students. Did I worry about her? Nope - not at all. Before i left on my errands I DID spend time thinking...I would be doing THIS now or THAT now.

    I don't feel guilty at all. I have been absent less than anyone else I know in the building - and I have ten total days allowed to me- which i won't even get CLOSE to using.
     
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    I don't either.

    If I call in, either I'm seriously ill or one of my kids is ill.
     

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