(Closed) Any teachers out there?

posted 5 years ago in Toronto
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am a school counselor (so same basic rules) and you STILL get vacation days and sick days… 

There arent a TON, but they are still there!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

they would still be teaching in June!?  Usually mid June through Mid Aug teachers are off. Seems like a good plan to me.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

NYC teacher here…it really depends where you wind up working. In my old school district, we had 13 days a year that were either sick or personal days…very strict about NOT using them for vacations. Basically, if you did that and they found out, you wouldn’t get tenure. 

Now, my school treats those 13 days as YOUR days…I can use them how I want, but within reason. I planned a fall 2014 wedding because I despise the heat and summer and if I’m hot on my wedding day, I’ll wanna go ape shit and won’t be able to enjoy the day…that said, my administration has said I can use some days and take my honeymoon right after the wedding, or I can piggy back some days on to Thanksgiving break (about 2 months after my wedding). Not sure yet what we’re doing, but I’d prefer to use the days right after the wedding. We also picked 9/26 bc it’s a Friday and schools are closed the day before and the day of our wedding for Rosh Hashanah. 

One of my other friends is a teacher and planned an April wedding piggybacking Easter, so her Fiance and her will be away during spring break. I think it really depends on where you end up working and how your administration is. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@tampalove35:  Time off is changing everywhere…here, we’ve always gone almost all thru June, off July & Aug, and go back 1st week of Sept. I know a bunch of states are trying out cyclic breaks where they do 6 weeks on, 1 week off, or something to that effect.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m a teacher in Texas and work for a larger school district.  I can take my days when I want.  Now I did want to get married in April, but our state assessments are at the end of April, and I knew it would be a really bad idea to leave during that time.  It would be bad for my students and make me look terrible to everyone I work with for sure.

So…. we’re getting married in May.  Just as it starts getting hot and muggy in SE Texas.  Joy.

I’m taking off 2 weeks and 2 days because my brother is graduating college in Illinois the weekend before the wedding, then I want a few days off to prepare, then we’re honeymooning for a week.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I am a teacher.  If you are a 12 month employee…most teachers are not..usually this is counselers, admin etc, you do get some addl vaca days in your year.

However, most regular 10 month public school teachers do not get any vacation days other than scheduled school breaks. Negotiated public school teacher contracts vary but most include 1 or 2 personal days. Some districts have rules on what they can be used for and others do not. Also, most districts do not allow you to take a personal at the beginning or end of a scheduled school break. They will sometimes allow you to take a day off if you pay for the sub or take the day without pay but it is highly frowned on, especially if you have not reached tenure (in which case you follow every rule to the t).  Teachers do get sick days, so if you wish to be dishonest you can call in sick.  However, usually there is a clause that if you are out sick 2 or 3 days in a row you need a doctors note.

Every school and district has slightly different rules but the bottom line is regular teachers have very little flexibility when it comes to taking days off that are not regularly scheduled school breaks.

However, wouldnt June 24 th be after the school year ends…summer break?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

Just wanted to clarify, I am in NJ and what I described is common here.  I am jealous reading about the liberal policies others are posting.  A teacher here could never take a 2 week vacation break.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@memo:  No.  There is no way around it.  Teachers get 2.5 months of vacation a year, they can’t take off any other days.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@memo:  In my school district, our last week of school is the week of June 24th, and we wouldn’t be allowed off any time–even a sick day would need a doctor’s appointment.   SO I would definitely find our your Future In-Laws school schedule before you schedule the destination wedding.

Otherwise, I have only 4 personal days a year—only 4, for the whole year  I work in NJ. A personal day can be used for “vacation”, sort of—they can’t be used all together, but they are for things you know you have to schedule in advance: work on your house, moving, closing on a house, a child’s special event at their school, etc.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Just noticed you are in Canada so all of us “US” commenters are probably not very helpful…you need some Canadian bees to buzz in.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Stoich:  yeah, that really does stink.  We don’t have “tenure” so I don’t really know how that would change things.

I will stay that I have built up over 30 days over my 8 years of teaching.  And this will be the only time I’ve ever used anywhere close to this much time.  It’s highly unconventional but completely approved for me.  I did let them know in October.

My best friend is a couselor at a much smaller district and she would never be able to get a week off.  Even if she had the days, which she doesn’t because she has kids who get sick, etc.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Also, I don’t know if this is true everywhere, but the summer is not “vacation” for me.  I get paid for the days I work.  We don’t technically get paid in the summer.  We get paid for the 187 of school we are required to be there.

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