Should Teachers feel guilty using Emergency Days? Should SelfCare be included as an event to use?

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Teachers must use days. We do our colleagues and students a disservice by running ourselves ragged.

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I don’t feel guilty at all.

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Neither do I. My colleagues know that I will be “sick” on September 15th and March 15th (should those days fall within the week). Unashamedly, I will be absent those days. Sometimes a person needs to be in the woods or at the lake...

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No. One should not feel guilty for taking care of oneself. Self care is very important.

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We need to start modeling for our students and systems that rest is productive and necessary. Mental health is much easier to maintain than to get back. I have taken more days than I’m owed and don’t feel guilty one bit. It’s been a hell of a 15 months and we need to be the first and biggest advocates for ourselves.

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I have often often often wondered if a sick day could validly be used as a mental health day. However, if I were to be gone, I would have to plan for a sub...vicious cycle.

I think PTO should include personal wellness days especially since we get so few days off to begin with. At my school, the finance department has started asking for the reason for requesting a personal day and declines any that they don’t think are important enough. This has been a huge struggle because now teachers who are amazing at their jobs are struggling just to find the motivation to go to work in the mornings because of the toxic environment.

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It’s hard not to take work home with us but we can’t, not even papers to grade. Give yourself a rest at home!

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5 years ago I read him Magic Treehouse books.

I remember how excited he was to meet his behavior goal for the first time.

I was hoping to see him in 2 years at the HS.

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Sometimes during our busy day we forget to breathe, and go easy.

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Food for thought. I had never thought about this way.

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Life as a teacher is difficult. It is stressful as a those in the medical and law enforcement profession.

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Is anyone else crashing hard today? It’s almost 5pm and I haven’t left my bedroom. My kids are fending for themselves and a little confused about why I haven’t come out. Is it depression or am I just burned out? I switched to middle school after the 4th week of school. Some of my students are so disrespectful and even cruel. Do I need to quit my job or do I just need some r and r?

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