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21 September 2010 @ 08:28 pm
Inspired by the first weeks of school plague... and the letter S  
Okay, so we all know that teachers tend to be held to a higher standard across the board. We’re known for going into work while on death’s door. This leads me to my question. How sick is too sick?

I know there is a decent amount of teachers on here, so I wanted to know how both sides weighed in.

Teachers: What is your personal limit of working through the sickness? What's the sickest you've gone to work?

Parents: When do you think the teacher should just stay home? Do you hold teachers to a higher standard when it comes to this?

I don't think we've touched on this in here lately.
Current Mood: sicksick
Corbyforbiddenpluto on September 22nd, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
As a teacher, I tend to push myself WAY to far. Heck, I’ve passed out on the playground. I’ve also gone into work with pneumonia, bronchitis, massive sinus infections. However, you can’t catch those things, so I think it’s okay. My personal line is a significant fever (2 degrees from your baseline. ie if you’re normally 98.6, at 100.6 you need to rethink your presence.) or throwing up.

As a parent, I think that my personal guidelines are good. However, when a teacher is coughing like a maniac, the kids are going to get sick (or anyone near by). I'm torn. No matter what, I don't think anyone should be at work if they're throwing up from a sickness (other than morning). It's uber messy and tends to be amazingly contagious.
.....vixenesque93 on September 22nd, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
If you're contagious/chained to a toilet due to various bodily explosions/running a fever/too dizzy or delirious to drive to work safely, you should stay the hell home.
Erin: cleaning is not fun__45rpm__ on September 22nd, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
If you're contagious please stay home.
Jentwirlie on September 22nd, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
This. I think its up to the teachers judgement if its something non-contageous, but if it can be spread, PLEASE stay home! I'm immunocompromised and its bad enough when the other parents send their kids in obviously sick. I really don't need the teachers / nursery workers giving my kid their illnesses to send home to me as well!

Plus, arranging alternative childcare when you're a working mum? MAJOR PITA!
Agent Zero: RobotChickenuberliz on September 22nd, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
As a parent: If it's contagious, stay the fuck home.
a lil bit o lavenderlavender_eve on September 22nd, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Teachers should be held to the same standards as the kids. If I can't send my kid in then the teacher should have to stay home for the same reasons. I don't care about my kid having a sub but I definitely care about my kid getting sick yet again.
Ugly Like Her Mamaginky on September 22nd, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
I teach preschool, and if I wouldn't want a kid with my symptoms at school, then I won't work. One of the only ways I can get better is to sleep, so working just makes me sick longer.
cpufemcpufem on September 22nd, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
i teach and i don't go to work sick. our job is tough enough to do when we're well.
donkeymoodonkeymoo on September 29th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
absolutely agree with this. i won't go to work if going to work will make me feel worse.
siloeke on September 22nd, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
I think the standards may be a little different depending on the level of schooling you're teaching at. Early childhood? If you've got so much as an unpleasant cold, stay home. Little kids' health shouldn't be put at risk, since their immune systems are still developing.

But if the students are on the older side, then I think as long as the teacher can still function and takes hygiene precautions, then there's not a problem. A lot of teachers DO push themselves far beyond the point that they should, coming in to work with minor flu or even whooping cough, on the basis that it's not (or not very) contagious at the stage they're at. But honestly, go home, get some rest, and get better so you can take a class properly. Otherwise they'll end up being sick for SO much longer...
Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainenmissingkeys on September 22nd, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
Relief teachers need work too! I'm not a teacher, but yes. I think they should get the same leave entitlements as the rest of us and stay home if contagious.

Of course, I end up taking unpaid leave and staying home with the kids, which teachers probably shouldn't do so much because it would probably interfere with things if they were off as frequently as I was, say, during last year's conjunctivitis then chicken pox then weird-but-probably-contagious rash time that saw me rather a stranger from my workplace for the better part of six weeks and mightily pissed off my employer, but yes. I'm fine with teachers taking normal amounts of time off. My daughter loves the school's relief teacher too. :)
spicytoysspicytoys on December 7th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
I'm not a parent, but I'd prefer that teachers just stay home. I think everybody should just stay home while sick.
Jacky Yujackyyu on March 2nd, 2012 06:34 am (UTC)
If I am throwing up/have diarrhea/lost my voice I stay home. Otherwise, I go to work.