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San Francisco Teachers Miss School More Than Students

San Francisco Teachers Miss School More than Students

When students are absent, they miss opportunities to learn as well as important class material. But what about teachers? What do they miss when they aren't in school? 

According to, 4,100 teachers in San Francisco, on average, will each be absent 11 times this school year, about once every three weeks. That is four to fiive days more than the typical student. About seven of those days were for sick or personal leave, the article said, and the rest were training days. 

Teacher aides were also absent in greater numbers on certain days, with 16% of the 1,480 aides out sick or on personal leave. According to the article, 20% of San Francisco teachers were absent three days or fewer in 2012-13. 

"What I see teachers really is making an effort to not miss days even if a normal person might call in sick," said Ellen Schatz, parent of two children and PTA president at Miraloma Elementary School. "I've seen teachers come in with knee braces and back braces and stuff like that."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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