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  •  I am a college professor now (1+ / 0-)
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    but taught a decade as an elementary teacher.  As a teacher of young children, and in the act of performing my job, I have over the years contracted colds, flu, strep throat, scarlet fever, head lice (twice), ringworm (once), countless stomach viruses, viral bronchitis, pneumonia, broken my foot, and numerous other issues....that we never were privileged enough to find out the name of the disease/virus/outbreak/episode running through the school at the time.  

    Our district gave out 15 days per year unless your had 5 years under your belt then you got 18.  I never used half of them, because as another pointed out; it was too difficult to call in sick when your job must be done (that day without delay) regardless if you are there or not.  

    So, I'm not sure how I would have felt if all of a sudden I only got 7 or 10 days.  Truly don't think I would have flipped out about it, but then again teachers do have an "occupational hazard" if you can call it that....all of us (especially those teaching young children and double if in an urban district) get sick twice as much as anyone working a private sector job without being exposed to daily illnesses.  

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