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    half time cont'd
    By emme

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    In response to Kat's Mom
    My children are grown and I was interested in halftime to edge my way towards early retirement, and because I was spending a lot of weekends feeling exhausted. I'm one of those teachers who stays till six pm, and still do - but now only for 5 days in a row- then I have 9 days off to recover and catch up (including weekends). Besides, my husband is at a stage in his business where he's out of town for a week at a time 4 or 5 times a year. My expenses are covered, and I wanted to go too! My partner on the other hand has a young family, so she had her own reasons for part time work. We do call the other first if we have to stay home - she for a child's illness, me for my parents - but we only went in if we were able to do so, it was not a stipulation. We still each are entitled to sick days, subs, and personal leave, (only half tho) and there has been a sub in our room for about 3 days this year when we just couldn't make a trade work. I'm sure you'll love half time work and will also enjoy the chance to spend time with your children. You will discover that you care about your class the same, and you still consider them "your kids" even on your week or day off. The first year we tried this our principal sent a questionnaire to the parents, but in the 3 years since she has not suggested it since there have been no complaints, but many compliments, and reqests to go into our room. It has now become just part of the school's flexible and multifaceted approach, and no parents have even made one question or comment in several years.

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