This year, our school has over 100 new students and we've made classes much larger and have cut a few positions. I remember last year, I was very sick and I couldn't get a sub, so I came in anyway. I was told by my VP that it was his problem if I couldn't get a sub, not my problem and told to stay home and be sick next time and not worry. The other night, I woke up to find my pet ran away (she hasn't been outside in 6 years and we live right next to the highway). I took a personal day to search for her everywhere. I was crazy with stress and crying all day. I posted the absence online and someone took the job just before school started, so I was relieved. Then the sub never showed up! I got so much flack about it. I heard about it from the office manager, the other teachers (most angry was a teacher who just missed the first day of school so she could take her HSers to their first day of school and 2 days since then for a trip to an amusement park), etc. My VP was like, "are you really sick?" and I had to explain the situation to him. He has seemed not so sympathetic. I understand not everyone values a pet, but is it anyone else's place to judge me? I posted the job, got a sub and can't control the fact that the sub never showed. When I pointed this out to the office manager, she said, "that is the kind of people you get as subs at 6AM." Well, that is the kind of people the district hires! What plan do you have in place for when your school is short on subs?