Post # 1
I am leaving my job as a teacher at the end of this year and have several sick days accrued. I don’t want to just lose them and would like to take a few before the end of the year, but I also feel weird about it because obviously a sub has to be called in for me and I don’t want to look as though I’m lazy or negligent. It’s also very tempting, as we are at the end of the year and my students are crazy. I always leave detailed lesson plans for my students so it’s not like they would be hanging from the ceiling…
For those of you who have left contractual jobs like this, did you take several of your sick days or just chalk it up as a loss?
Post # 3
I’m a teacher. I don’t take sick days. The instructional time with a sub is NOT the same as with a teacher that they know and trust. If you use them at the end the of the year, multiple days in a row, then it absolutely looks like you’re just burnt out and ready to get out of there.
Since you may need some of your coworkers or supervisors to act as job references for you, always leave on a positive note. Just finish out the year and then go your merry way.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I took the loss because I had to prepare so many files before my last day that there was no time to take off and still get a good professional reference from that employer.
Post # 5
I have accepted a new position in a new district and since I had not taken ANY sick days last year, and only a few this year – man I could have taken off a lot. However, I wanted to be with my students and like the pp said, sub instruction is not the same at all no matter what you do.
I chose not to take days off at the end because although I was leaving, I loved my kiddos as well as I did not want to burn bridges. But, only you know if you would be okay with taking days off but I would say don’t do it unless you are actually sick or need a day for something, Just finish out the year on a positive note.
Post # 6
I just feel like if you are leaving anyway, then what difference does it make how it looks? I say use them!
Post # 7
My employer pays you for the unused days. You might want to check if there’s a similar plan in place where you teach.
Post # 8
I agree with previous posters. You may need your current employer as a reference, and it is always best to leave on a positive note when possible. If sick days are not used, they may still give you the amount that they are “worth” in your final paycheck. I am not sure how this works with contracted employment. I have always been hourly paid. I am interested to know if this is the case, as I am studying to be a teacher.
Post # 9
I know someone who is doing this and it leaves a lot of people having to pick up the slack. While it’s very tempting for me too since I’m also leaving my school, I’m not going to do it. I just don’t like leaving plans, having to deal with issues that crop up when the routine is disturbed, etc. I would find out if your school has a policy that you get paid for those days when you leave.
ETA: I disagree with the above poster who says it doesn’t matter how it looks. You make a commitment to your students at the beginning of the year, and it stands until the final day. You hurt your students when you take off many days, especially in a row, for no actual reason (like being sick, or needing to go out of town). It’s 100% acceptable to take days that are available to you if need be, but I don’t think a person should do it just because they have them, when it’s the students who end up losing out.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I would take a sick day on a day when its a lot of downtime for the kids. I teach high school and I take like once a year off, and try to do it for when they’re havign a test or watching a film.
But honestly…. Use your sick days, at least a few of them. You earned them!!!
Post # 11
@lealorali: I usually don’t use sick days either. But I agree, I would take at least one. you might need a mental health day. although, in all honesty I probably wouldn’t use it lol
Post # 12
I’m a teacher….I worked in a district on LI for 4 years, and when I was excessed 2 years ago, they had a mass layoff. They excessed 36 teachers the year I was excessed, and we were all so distraught and disgusted with the way this district handled business. They had done all sorts of crazy things and made awful cuts while giving raises to administrators…so yes, we all used a bunch of days unapologetically. I personally took a few Fridays or Mondays, as did everyone else who was being excessed. I didn’t use up every single day, but I took more than a couple of mental health days.