What kinds of things have you had to miss school for?

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  1. teacherguy111

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    Barely anything for myself. Had a 24 flu. My wife have birth to our beautiful baby girl and also had some complications after. I missed to do on my daughter's field trip to a pumpkin farm also.

    What about you?
     
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    Only missed school twice so far in my career: once when I took an extra day so I could go cross-country so I could see my youngest sister graduate from college, and the other on the day of my mentor teacher's memorial service.
     
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    How long is your career so far? Mine are generally to help care for my wife and kids, not usually myself. I actually thought I was that guy from the movie "unbreakable" because I can barely remember when I was last sick lol.
     
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    This is my fourth full year, and I did a half-year maternity leave position, too.
     
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    Big year for me.
    Had surgery in the fall for a brain tumor so I was out for 6 weeks
    And then missed about 4 days for my wedding (not in town).
    Wedding was 2 months after the surgery.

    Edit: if we're including other years, it was mostly illness. One year I had mono so I was out for a month
     
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    This year... one absence from stomach bug and I’ll miss a day in April for a church conference since one of my friends is speaking that day. Last year it was only illness - respiratory infection, strep, etc. One day was because of smoke inhalation from a fire in the neighborhood I was house sitting in. My friends’ house almost caught fire with their cat inside, two days after they left on a church trip. It was a nightmare. I took the next day off.
     
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    Let's see, over the years (18)
    • maternity leave - 4 weeks (I had my son in July)
    • broken foot - 1 day
    • pneumonia - 1 day
    • migraines - about five or six times a year
    • son's field trips - about 1 day a year
    • conferences - about two weeks a year (spread out all year)
    • vertigo - 1 day
    • anniversary trip to Hawaii - 1 week
    • can't bear to go to work, so had to stay home - about two weeks, all in one year
    • general days off for either sick or personal - about 4 a year
     
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    I generally call out for legitimate sickness and mental health days. I've had 2-3 days in 7 years where I've also had to be out because of a wedding, getting the car fixed, etc.
     
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    Naturally I can't cover 25 years worth of absences, but here's a sample . . .

    • severe sinus & ear infections
    • flu & pneumonia (missed a whole week)
    • various stomach bugs
    • death of first FIL
    • death of my dad from cancer
    • Mom's cancer surgery & treatments
    • kidney failure
    • taking comps for my MA
    • couple of personal days
    • 2 days a month for a year for jury duty
    • hysterectomy that couldn't wait until summer
    I only miss when I absolutely have to. We get 10 sick and 3 personal days a year. They all roll over. The personal roll over to sick. I had 110.5 days when school started this year.

    My DH is the same. He has like 150 days. He hasn't taken any for himself since we have been married. He took one day for me, and he took the others for his son and his late wife.
     
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    Routine illnesses, recovery from emergency surgery, days I took an ambulance ride, funerals of close family, many, many days when my husband was being treated and dying of cancer and the subsequent funeral and a few days for paperwork and will probate, and a few professional development workshops are what I can think of off the top of my head. I was in the negative when my husband was dying but I’ve built some days up in the years since.
     
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    This is my second year, and my first absences will be for maternity leave!
     
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    This is my 4th year and I have never taken a day off from work and plan to never do so. I don’t believe in using personal days because it negatively affects my students and their learning.
     
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    That's poppycock! We're entitled to those days so why not take them? I either try to take off on a review or quiz/test day, or find another math teacher who is willing to teach my classes. We all cover each other's classes when necessary as every teacher of the same course teaches the same lesson on the same day. It's great!

    I've taken a couple of personal days just for mental health, and one day where I needed to go in for an endoscopy (ugh...).
     
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    I teach AP Stats and AP Calculus AB/BC, not to mention I am a class advisor, I supervise two school clubs, and help students review after school every other day in preparation for their AP tests. If I take a day off, it puts everything behind and several students are effected. For you and others it might not, but it does for me.
     
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    Entitled doesn't mean required. You're totally within your rights to use those days when you want, but there is nothing wrong with not using them either. Some years I don't use any days. A couple of years I've missed more than 30. Most years I miss 1-2.

    We get paid for our unused days when we retire. They add that amount to the last year's salary. Our retirement is based on our high 3 or high 5 salaries, and unused sick days makes a huge difference in that.
     
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    I see. We get our sick days paid upon retirement, but NOT our personal days. Those expire so I make sure to use those every year because there's no benefit to not doing so.
     
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    I've missed for: illness, required workshops, funerals, and emergency home repairs. Next week I will have to miss a day to get my Real ID so I can fly for spring break.
     
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    I don't usually call out sick. I will take days off for doctor's appointments (I will not go to the doctor during a school vacation unless it's an emergency) and I get 2 personal days so I will just take them whenever I can.
     
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    I appreciate this, but are you sure there is never a day that would be more important than being with your students? Would you miss a loved one's wedding/funeral? Would you come to school when you were contagious and risking others' health?
     
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    There have been a few days where I was out sick for myself over the years. But most of it was when my kids were sick, when I was delivering said kids, or when life was crazy. I confess to several days spent at Disney Land and another day spent helping my sister move to college.

    I really do firmly believe in using those days reasonably. In fact, because my school just gives out a lump of PTO, we are encouraged in writing to use them (though there are monetary/rollover perks for not using all of them). They are part of our benefits package and I consider teachers as having earned them.

    Though last year, when I was out for about a week due to my daughter being seriously ill, one of my kids had... an eventful week. So eventful that this year's teacher was warned that if she anticipated being out for more than a couple of days' straight to move said kid into another teacher's classroom rather than letting Kiddo be in the room with the sub.

    So, yeah, I understand not wanting to disrupt learning and, yes, any professional will use days off as reasonably as possible.

    But I also think students on the whole are pretty resilient and there are bigger issues afoot if a day or three off now and then ruins their educational career. Stuff happens. This year alone an old friend who also happened to be a teacher died in his sleep (and he wasn't exactly old). I'm pretty sure the school hired another teacher and those kids are probably still learning things.
     
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    If we're truly irreplaceable, to the point that one day away means that students cannot still make progress in some respects, then we could definitely do a better job! (Think about a boss not being in one day: if the employees can't step up and take leadership in that moment...the boss could do a better job with their employees -- it isn't all content, it's also about those interdisciplinary skills!) In addition, I think it's important that we accept and are okay with both people who use days and who don't use days, so long as it's not harmful to the students (i.e. coming in with a severe sickness).

    While I've not taken any other days outside of the memorial/graduation (both extremely important in my life), that's partially due to how long I take in writing sub plans and thus it not being as worthwhile. That might change later in my career.

    Besides, someone who takes more days off might be fresher and might do better on those days than those who didn't take any days. Or those who didn't take days might end up finding that they got through a bit more. Or those who took days off might not be any fresher, or those who didn't take days off might not have got through any more than those who did take days off......

    Too many variables, not something worth worrying about...we each are ourselves, do what we know is going to be the best for us and our kids, and move on...no judgment!
     
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    We're grownups. We miss when it is the only option, and that includes illness in the family, or of one's self, grownup things like appointments that can't be made during non-school hours - car, house, doctor, dentist, etc. Some may use all available days, others will use virtually none. Not a right or wrong way to have an absence if there is a legitimate need. I'm a teacher, not a slave to my job - life happens.
     
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    My time out of the classroom is usually because of workshops or committee meetings (in fact, I just received an email that I have been selected to attend a 2-day conference focused on student well-being). Over the past couple of years I have also missed days to due my MIL's funeral, my daughter's convocation, and the appointments that resulted from falling at work and breaking my wrist. I do usually miss a couple of days each year due to illness (or for mental health days). I probably use about half of my available days each year--more than I used to before we lost the ability to bank them. I work hard on my sub plans and don't feel guilty for time I need to be away from my class.
     
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    I teach a fairly rarely-spoken language, and it's almost impossible to find subs who speak it. So, if I miss a day, I can only leave review work or cultural extension projects, and we get behind a day on the curriculum. I make it work when necessary, but I also try not to call out unless it's really essential. I am usually sick once or twice a year, although so far, this year is the first year in my entire ten years where I haven't gotten sick over the winter (knocking on wood as I type this!).

    I have also taken days for funerals -- too many, in the past few years. This is also my first year not having to go to a funeral in a while -- again, I hope I don't jinx it...
     
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    I've missed for weddings, funerals, a special occasion trip, sick days, and appointments. I do my best to schedule appointments outside of school hours, but it doesn't help when some offices close so early I've also missed for field trips and professional development.
    I average about three days a year, with this year being a weird outlier year.
     
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    I used to teach a less-commonly-taught language as well, and it was always such a chore to prepare for a sub. For that reason, I tried to avoid missing school unless it was very serious and/or contagious.
     
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    I try very hard to not miss work. Typically, I miss 1-3 days, not counting workshops. Those days are usually because of something unavoidable: illness, medical procedures etc.

    This year I will take a total of 3 days because both of my kids either have or will be graduating from college. I've taken a day for illness this year, thankfully we've had snow days to help me recover.
     
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    I don’t ever get sick and don’t believe in going to weddings. I didn’t go to my brother’s wedding and I won’t go for anyone one else’s. I would, however, go to a family member’s funeral. That is the only reason I would ever use a personal day. If it’s not an emergency like that, then they will not be used at all. Period.
     
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    How can you not believe in going to weddings? Lol
     
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    Please explain. I'm curious. Why go to a funeral where the guest of honor is dead and won't have a clue you're there, but not to a wedding where you welcome a new member of your family?
     
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    I missed a day when we moved into our apartment my first year of teaching and this year (my second) I missed 1.5 days from being sick at another 1.5 when my mom was rushed and admitted to the hospital from diabetes complications.

    I'm honestly proud of myself for not taking any personal days just for a break given how this year has gone for me. The only thing stopping me is that I hate doing sub plans.
     
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    I think dating and romance are tremendous wastes of time and money. That’s why.
     
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    Because I think they’re stupid!
     
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    Lol. I understand as far as close to 50% failing.... but how is commitment to someone stupid?
     
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    Maybe he/she is just cheap and doesn't' want to buy a wedding gift LOL
     
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    I don't believe in destination weddings...I believe they are an excuse to get other people to pay for your vacation!

    Most of my family lives on the opposite coast and I've missed a lot of weddings since it's just too hard and expensive to fly across country for one day. DH and I usually just send a nice bottle of Champagne :)
     
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    This is my first year, and the only two days I have missed have been the day my gradmother passed away and her funeral. Heck, I'm not even missing school for my own wedding! (My wedding is May 26th, and I am going to school for the last week.)
     
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    You don’t need a ceremony and a marital (monetary) contract to be committed to someone. If you are as committed as you say, then you shouldn’t need to be recognized in the eyes of the law to have your relationship validated. (When I say “you,” here, I am not saying YOU, personally.)
     
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    I feel this way, not about weddings, but about graduation ceremonies.
     
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    No, I don’t mind buying a wedding gift, but I disagree with the whole premise of getting married in the first place. I am NEVER tying my finances to anyone. That’s just not happening. Plus, I abhor romance, so there’s that.
     
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