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Old 11-21-2020, 02:06 PM
 
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I would like to know if you think I am making too big a deal of this please. Sorry so long!

I teach in the state PK program housed in a childcare facility. We had a staff meeting this week where other PK teacher and our assistants learned we are not going along with the district's calendar. We have to work 12/21-12/23 while they are out starting 12/18. My assistant is already off that week (she also works PK aftercare so needed to request off) - going to visit her family out of state and thought PK was out. The center is closed the following week, but that still only gives me 2 extra days with DD and DGD.

DD and DGD are arriving on 12/15 and leaving early 12/30. I was planning to be off after 12/18. They live 1800 miles away and we don't have the money to fly out often and see them. I have been angry since I learned this and yes, talked with my director who really only confirmed that yes, PK would be in session at our facility. I am beside myself upset. I would like to talk with her again and see if I can convince her to only provide childcare those days (the PK teachers have to be certified) but am afraid I might be making too big a deal of this. Do I needed to suck it up and let it go?

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Don't have any advice, but I can see how upsetting this is for you. Hope you are able to work things out.
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I think it would depend on whether or not it was assumed on your part, or if they had said you were following the district calendar and then changing it.

Some options: Can you try to negotiate a half day? Come in the morning and leave at nap time.

Do you have subs? Can you request any or all the days off?

Iím sorry, I would be very frustrated too.
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Old 11-21-2020, 02:22 PM
 
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I would take personal days. Family matters most. I'm sorry you are in this position, but I doubt they would fire you, right?
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Old 11-21-2020, 02:37 PM
 
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I’m assuming you teach VPK (I’m in Florida also)?

I know the state requires a certain amount of hours for VPK.
This sounds like extremely poor planning on the part of the childcare center and I’m confused as to why their school calendar for VPK wouldn’t be out prior to now.

I would definitely be annoyed and would take days off as needed to be with family.

VPK programs in elementary schools around me follow the district calendar but I know that not all childcare centers do.


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Old 11-21-2020, 02:38 PM
 
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I agree with MalloryJames. Iíd politely but firmly tell my boss that Iíd made plans based on the District calendar and the plans canít be changed, so Iíll be taking sick days when vacation was originally scheduled.
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Old 11-21-2020, 02:54 PM
 
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Yep, Iím with MalloryJames and Amiga. Plans were made based on the previous schedule.
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I would stand my ground. You based everything on current calendar. Unchangable plans. If you must, take the personal time. Your DD and GD are top priority right now.
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Have you been working in the same position before? If so, did the preschool follow the district calendar in other years?

Who is your supervisor? It could make a difference if the administration is district or if it's state. If it's someone from the district, you would likely follow the district calendar.

There is probably some sort of written agreement between state and district, assuming that the district is involved in running the program. If it is totally state run, then district calendar is not relevant. Who issues your paycheck?

When I was teaching, I had students from two districts. We followed the calendar from the district that administered the program.

I hope you can get things worked out. Surprising that you were not given a calendar.
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Old 11-21-2020, 04:35 PM
 
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I'd be getting the time off one way or another. I didn't do what my heart said one time with time off and I still get mad at myself for allowing myself to be swayed by an administrator!

I'd very nicely ask for the time off and if not I'd be turning in my resignation! I know you like your job, but I'm sure there are other ones out there!


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Old 11-21-2020, 06:17 PM
 
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I agree with others who said to take the time off. You only have so much time with DD & DGD.
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Old 11-21-2020, 07:15 PM
 
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Take the days off. They will have to get a sub if they changed the calendar at the last minute. Family first!
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Take the days
Old 11-21-2020, 07:27 PM
 
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Your DD and Izzy will only be home for a short time. They changed the calendar. Take the days off. Theyíll survive. You deserve a nice long holiday with your family!
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Old 11-21-2020, 08:38 PM
 
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Tell them you have to quarantine, as thatís what should be happening when someone from another household/state is coming to visit.
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Old 11-22-2020, 05:43 PM
 
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Thank you my very dear friends for your comments, opinions and support!

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Old 11-25-2020, 06:46 PM
 
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Just reading this...Family First....you are always replaceable at work.
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