No, Teachers Don’t Take More Time Off Than Other Professionals. Here’s How They Compare is the headline of an Education Week article about a new study on teacher absenteeism.

Given this fact, the study recommends that “districts that aim to maintain or reduce the level of teacher absences should consider more supportive, rather than punitive measures, the report says. Those could include offering wellness programs, providing onsite daycare, and finding ways to reduce teachers’ workloads, the report concluded.”

If you’re not a teacher, you don’t know the pain involved in having to write a sub plan, know that it won’t be followed, and then know you will have to clean up the literal and figurative mess that’s left when you return.  This is not a knock on all subs – districts need to do a better job supporting and compensating them.