Absences

If you are a teacher or other pedagogue and are absent from school because of illness, you will be paid for up to 10 days in any school year without needing to submit a doctor’s note. These are known as “self-treated days.”

Regardless of how many accumulated days you have in your Cumulative Absence Reserve (CAR), commonly referred to as your sick bank, you may only take 10 self-treated days each school year. Additional sick days will not be paid unless you submit a doctor's note, so you should do so whenever possible.

Three out of your 10 self-treated days may be used for personal business or caring for a sick family member, provided you give reasonable notice to your principal.

Other allowable absences that are not considered self-treated days include:

  • One day each school year for a physical or laboratory test, which is deducted from your CAR;
  • Absences due to Hepatitis B as a result of working with children who have been evaluated as a substantial risk of acting-out behavior, which are not deducted from your CAR, provided you submit appropriate medical documentation;
  • Absences due to an allergic reaction from a DOE-mandated skin test, which are not deducted from your CAR, provided you submit appropriate medical documentation;
  • "Non-attendance" days due to court appearances as a juror or a witness; death of a member of your immediate family; or for certain childhood illnesses listed in our contract (German measles, mumps and chicken pox). Your chapter leader can advise you about the forms you must file for each of these types of non-attendance days, which are not deducted from your CAR;
  • Paid time off (up to four hours) for breast cancer or prostate cancer screenings, provided you request it in writing, in advance, from your principal, and if it is determined that there will not be a major disruption to the school;
  • Unpaid time off (up to three hours) to give blood, if requested in advance, in writing, from your principal and it is determined that there will not be a major disruption to the school.

For more detailed information about absences, refer to our "Absences, Leaves & Sabbaticals" section »

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