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General Chat Thread, signed off for a week in General; Well this week I have been off Monday and Tuesday getting over sinusitis (got it friday and it went today ...
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    signed off for a week

    Well this week I have been off Monday and Tuesday getting over sinusitis (got it friday and it went today and I was well enough to go in)...go in today and get the first signs of a childrens disease (Hands Foot and Mouth)....the place practically crumbled without me there at the start of the week, so I went to the Dr to see if I could go in to work and not infect anyone, he is worried if I go in I will infect all the pupils and start an epidemic at our school so has signed me off until next Wed at the least. In this time we have ofsted and auditors in and I had a massively busy schedule getting everything up to date, where will I stand in the fact that I havent been able to do the jobs in hand and will most likely get a grilling for being off for nearly 2 weeks?

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    Why should you get a grilling? You've legitamitaly been off.

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    You'd get more of a grilling if you infected everyone and they had to close the school

    Rest up and be fit to fight another day.

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    @nephilim You have taken medical advice and that advice is that you are not fit to work.

    From what our busness manager has said you would be putting the school at risk of a problem if you went to work whilst signed off from the doctor. Insurance would be void if anything happened.

    Speaking as someone who has just had to take a lot of unplanned leave due to family illness you need to look after yourself first, then sort out work.

    I think the only time this would become a problem if it was happening every month.

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    In 5 years I've had 16 days off...9 of which from hospital stays....so I know I'm in good stead with attendance, just the timing worries me :-(

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    Maybe the school needs to look into having some redundancy in terms of personnel? If you being off for a week and a bit if going to cause such problems is that a point of failure?

    If you got hit by a bus tomorrow (apologies for the analogy, but you know what i mean) what would the school do then?

    If there are people in your team and you arent the only one there, is there a skill set issue that so much relies on you? Maybe your just that damn good

    Anyway, just a point to consider perhaps?

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    Well when I was off for an almost broken neck (had 2 days strapped to a hospital bed with no movement whilst the specialist did his tests), the place fell apart, not because of poor infrastructure, but because of no support for the staff (I get on average 2 call outs per staff member, per day) and we have 17 teachers, 5 admin, 4 SLG...its a nightmare taking 1 day off as it takes me 2 days to catch up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Well when I was off for an almost broken neck (had 2 days strapped to a hospital bed with no movement whilst the specialist did his tests), the place fell apart, not because of poor infrastructure, but because of no support for the staff (I get on average 2 call outs per staff member, per day) and we have 17 teachers, 5 admin, 4 SLG...its a nightmare taking 1 day off as it takes me 2 days to catch up!
    2 calls a day per staff? Why does this happen? The most I have is 5 a day from all staff!!

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    because they are lacking the basic skills...most of it is email or sims related, very few wireless or server issues etc....we had a dodgy install of SIMS from capita and its never been right since...despite them coming out a few times, hence the updates cripple us...

    mainly emails not working (try pressing send/recieve rather than letting it do it by itself every hour) or a problem sending (mainly spelling errors)....or sims crashing (good old reason 0!!!)

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    Why dont you local remoteApp Sims? Put Outlook in non-cached mode works alot better also how are your emails transported externally?

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    It will only be a problem if SMT have failed to plan for "emergencies" such as this. Ohh, sorry, of course... However it is not YOUR problem.

    Be as helpful as you can by phone/email/remote but your priority must be to recover (fully) and sort whatever is left if you can when you are recovered.

    Hell, I hate having a day off, never mind a week! Hope the recovery goes smoothly.

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    Do you have a log of those types of problems that you can show the SMT, when they get up on their high horse you can point out that if the teachers actually bothered to learn basic stuff then the school wouldn't have had such an issue in the first place and that it is a failure in training that is the primary concern. I mirror the statments of other, get well first.

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    Well the virus aspect has set in....muscle ache and lethargy....never mind my mouth being one giant ulcer and blisters making it painful to walk or hold anything :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Well the virus aspect has set in....muscle ache and lethargy....never mind my mouth being one giant ulcer and blisters making it painful to walk or hold anything :-(
    that's it? get into work!

    joke

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    I am going to hand in my sick note and collect a few bits. Joy!! Lol



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