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Do you tell the students when they ask, "Where's our teacher?"

When you know they went home sick or have a sick child? Do you tell them what you know?!?

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rcmn 10-23-2018 02:31 PM

My stock answer is, "that's the one thing that the sub never knows." They're usually satisfied with that answer.

mrsd5 10-23-2018 03:50 AM

I teach middle and high school. I always say, "Not here." If they ask why, I tell them that they can wait for the teacher to return and ask the question.

Kailey123 10-23-2018 03:11 AM

With the little ones -- K-2 maybe -- I'll often say (if the job was scheduled ahead of time) "I don't know for sure, but I know she isn't sick because she asked me to sub today a long time ago." I do this because i know the littlest ones are often worried when the teacher is sick.

For times when I know for sure the teacher is sick I'll just say "I'm not sure, no one told me." And if I know for sure that they're at a meeting or professional development type thing I'll often say "I'm really not sure...." and just leave it at that. Sometimes, especially for meetings, the teacher has already told them.

I do have one teacher who goes to a lot of meetings and professional development (because she's the social studies lead teacher for our school, and she's a writing something-or-other, and she's getting her certification in something else)...Anyway, 4th grade, and at our school the 4th and 5th grades have writing every day. This teacher will often leave an assignment of "Write a persuasive essay about where I am today. Convince the rest of the class that you are right."
Or "write a descriptive essay about what I am doing right now." And always on all assignments "BE CREATIVE". lol. So if they want to write a descriptive essay about how she went to the moon they can, but it has to be well-written and detailed. hahahaha I love this teacher.

BayAreaSub 10-22-2018 06:29 PM

I will tell the class, with the teacher’s blessing, that a teacher is possibly ill so that if there is something students need from the teacher they will know there’s a chance they may need to talk to another teacher in that grade level, if the teacher is not back the next day. Sometimes when the teacher lets me know that the absence is because of a workshop or training, I’ll tell the class that they should be able to get any information they need the next day. Other than that, I just say, “Probably coming back tomorrow.”

klarabelle 10-22-2018 05:13 PM

I would not tell anything, it confidential information that only the teacher has the right to explain.

Lumberman 10-22-2018 09:55 AM

I usually give them a generic answer like if the teacher appeared sick last time, then they're probably out sick or in a meeting. If I know I let them know when their teacher might be back.

whd507 10-22-2018 09:51 AM

I tell them they won the lottery...

Lottalove 10-22-2018 09:31 AM

I wouldn't tell as a sub. If the teacher chooses to tell, that is her business.

Fractured 10-22-2018 08:32 AM

I always say they don't tell me what the reason is, which is usually the truth. I have had some teachers specifically say to tell the students that they are sick, but that's rare. I also say teachers go to lots of meetings and professional development.

artladyhere 10-22-2018 07:57 AM

Do you tell the students when they ask, "Where's our teacher?"

When you know they went home sick or have a sick child? Do you tell them what you know?!?

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