(Closed) days off as a teacher

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Member
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you’re only really planning on being out the three days and are going to try to not take any other time off throughout the school year, I don’t think it’s an issue at all.  It becomes an issue when teachers take off a few days for a vacation, a wedding, or something similar and then miss a bunch of other days due to illness.  I think the kids really start to suffer when teachers are gone for too many days… but three days for your wedding isn’t that bad.

Post # 4
Member
474 posts
Helper bee

Check your district rules about taking days off before a vacation (like Thanksgiving) Some districts have rules that are set to prevent staff from having extra long vacations

Post # 4
Member
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m a teacher, and getting married in November as well. I’m actually taking off more days than you are (a total of 6 days total… 2 before the wedding, and then 4 days the week after for the honeymoon… our honeymoon falls on the week of Veteran’s day… so I get the 5th day for free!) I get two personal days per year… and rolled over 1 from last year… so I have three days ‘saved up’. I just got the letter from my superintendent yesterday approving my request for time off… but I have to take three of the days unpaid… which is fine with me.

A wedding/honeymoon is a one-time thing (hopefully!) and your administration should be more than willing to accommodate you. Just beacuse you are a teacher does not mean that you should have to have your wedding in the summer.

 

Post # 5
Member
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Your district should be more than understanding that this isn’t going to be a recurring theme, but rather a one time thing as a PP pointed out.  The only catch could be whether or not you get paid for those days – I know my district doesn’t allow any personal days to be taken the day before or after a holiday without forfeiting pay for the missed days AND the holiday that you normally would have been paid for.   I guess it will depend on your district.  I work for one of the largest school districts in the country, run by a huge bureaucratic machine so the empathy level is close to zero but in a smaller district, I’m guessing they’re a bit more understanding.  Good luck! Smile

Post # 7
Member
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think the best thing to do would be to talk to your principal face to face about it rather than requesting it in writing.  Schedule a short meeting with him or her and explain the situation.  I think things often go over better when people talk face to face.

Post # 8
Member
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

as a fellow teacher, I say go for it. As long as you have your sub plans set, and make detailed arrangements, most principals would allow it. Several women in our school have done this (over t-break, too) and as long as you have the time saved up (or can use sick days) you should be fine. If you’re nervous about asking, talk to your dept. chair first and see what they recommend.

Post # 9
Member
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think 3 days is no big deal at all!  In my district you don’t need permission unless it’s more than 4 which you basically need a doctor note for.  I would just politely inform your principal, tell him or her that you are really worried about it and will make sure to find a good sub and be totally prepared.  I can’t imagine anyone who would be difficult with you for your own wedding!  Maybe tell a staff member first for “practice”.  Are you going to take the other 2 as sick days?  Your union rep could also advise you as to any rules or what you are allowed to do.

Post # 10
Member
529 posts
Busy bee

Make sure you talk to your union rep and get everything in writing – even if it is a small district. Look over your contract and handbook in detail before you go into your meeting or write your letter. You might want to ask around – has anyone else had a similar situation?

The topic ‘days off as a teacher’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors