Is it just me, or do the admins of a lot of schools just not understand the concept of a “sick day”? I’ve taken sick days maybe 3 times in the last 7 months (food poisoning was one, flu was another, and the last was something i can’t remember). Each time I’ve taken sick days, I have been scrutinized and told I am not serious about teaching.
So because I am sick and opt to stay home and recover instead of do a half-assed job at work and potentially get my students sick as well, I am labeled as a person who isn’t serious about his work. I mean school admins have seriously gotten all huffy over this and threatened to dock pay from me for taking any more sick days.
It really seems that unless you are on your death bed, these people expect you to show up for work no matter what. My opinion is that’s wrong, but I’m interested in hearing what others here think. Ideas?