How the Duval County School Board taught me to lie

Okay I am just going to vent. Earlier
this year I got married, thanks, thanks but before I got married I had to get a
new social security card, my old one lost to my filing system which is reminiscent
of the Hindenburg.
So I took two half days, one to get the
card and the other to prepare for my wedding. I didn’t need subs because I have
third period planning followed by lunch and my last period could be covered by
a teacher with a planning period, for which they would be paid the bargain rate
of 12 bucks. Still a pretty good savings as I didn’t need half day subs.
I filled out my leave forms indicating I
would be taking personal time. Fast forward nearly 3 months, yep 3 months, and I have been
docked a days’ pay. Now I still have lots of hours I can miss, but
unfortunately for me and my bank account they are sick hours not personal
hours.
I wasn’t given a heads up, a, hey Chris
budget a little better this week because you are going to be a few hundred
short. No I noticed quite by chance as I was about to write a big check, which
I will now have to write next pay day.
All right if that’s how we are going to
do it, something that must be new because to be honest I have never paid attention to sick and personal hours, just hours, then fine, I will just have to make sure
this doesn’t happen again even if that means I have to lie. so if you see me out during the day one day next year be careful before coming on up, I may or may not be sick.
I mention this because teacher morale
has been talked about a lot recently. Well quite often it is the big things,
discipline, over testing, bullies masquerading at administrators but sometimes
it is the little things too.

I now feel a cough
coming on.

2 Replies to “How the Duval County School Board taught me to lie”

  1. Someone was standing in the hall right outside the front office in plain sight saying hello to another teacher the first day back after Christmas/New Years' and was docked for not signing in before they took the sign-in sheet away — the principal said it was per the superintendent's instructions! Morale issues!!!

  2. I have over 300 hundred hours of time saved and got docked a whole day's pay for taking one too many personal days that year instead of labeling it as a sick day. I guess that's what I get for coming to work faithfully in this district!

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