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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
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...