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Old 08-18-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Remind me again why I'm a teacher?????

After getting a tip on the DCL board, I priced out a 7 night sailing on the Fantasy for the last week of September for 4. Total price: $2368.

The same itinerary in July of 2013 when we'll need to go: $7600.

You think school would miss me for a week?
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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Ouch!! Isn't it horrible?
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:23 PM   #3
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Yes, it is, Nikki. And theoretically, I could do it.

It's a Sunday-Sunday sailing so I'd take my 3 personal days and 2 days without pay.

Nothing in my contract would prohibit it.

But ethically, could I do it?
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #4
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Yes, it is, Nikki. And theoretically, I could do it.

It's a Sunday-Sunday sailing so I'd take my 3 personal days and 2 days without pay.

Nothing in my contract would prohibit it.

But ethically, could I do it?
That's your call. I don't think I would take that long, if it were me.

Ahh, teaching...one of the few careers in which you feel "guilty" for taking contracted time off....
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:28 PM   #5
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This is a perfect example of why Podcast Cruises are scheduled when they are.

We would love for our Educators to join us, but if we choose dates that would allow that to happen, prices would be incredibly high and very few would be able to afford the cost.

I'm sorry I dont have a solution to this....but you made the point crystal clear.
I totally understand this reasoning, Kevin! And I realize it's also true for ABD trips and other Dis events as well. It's just the way my world works. But I wouldn't be a good Disney fan if I didn't complain about my choice of profession just a little when it interferes with my vacation desires.

AND, it makes me super grateful for PCC 3.0. I think the length and timing of the sailing was PERFECT, making it accessible for your educator fans! BTW, I love that you capitalized Educator. Makes me feel important.

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That's your call. I don't think I would take that long, if it were me.

Ahh, teaching...one of the few careers in which you feel "guilty" for taking contracted time off....
Okay, so the way I see it, I see classes 60 minutes every 5 days. So, really, the kids are only missing out on an hour of music instruction. Making it the equivalent of their grade level teacher being absent for an hour. Doesn't sound so bad when I put it like that, does it?
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:34 PM   #6
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I've never been able to bring myself to use personal days for major trips like this. I've found that missing one or two days is "doable" for me if I have to, but more than that creates a mountain of catching up that obliterates whatever vacation-y feeling I might have had while I was away. I do have colleagues who seem able to manage this much better than I can though -- perhaps I need to get some pointers from them, eh?

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Old 08-19-2012, 02:51 PM   #7
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I have worked at a charter for the last five years, starting my sixth year tomorrow! We have five personal days a school year. However, we are told we not to use them unless it is an absolute emergency. Anything beyond five days and we are docked pay.

I can understand it - we have many holidays and vacations throughout the year. Where it gets difficult is doctor's appointments. Our daily schedule is 7:00 to 4:00, so in order to get in a doctor's appointment I usually have to try to find a doctor who will work with my schedule or take half a day off, even if we are only leaving a half hour early. Other teachers seem to come and go whenever they please and take vacations - I guess the penalty is worth it to them.

As to vacations -- what is a vacation again???
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:23 PM   #8
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Yikes! I figured there'd be a difference but not that much. I'm sure holiday and spring breaks are really high too.

My daughter is in year round school so we have a few 2-3 week breaks rather than one 3 month. We didn't do that because of Disney, but it's sure been a nice perk that we can schedule trips during the off season.
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This is a perfect example of why Podcast Cruises are scheduled when they are.

We would love for our Educators to join us, but if we choose dates that would allow that to happen, prices would be incredibly high and very few would be able to afford the cost.

I'm sorry I dont have a solution to this....but you made the point crystal clear.
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I can't wait to retire for this reason exactly (and I'm just starting)!
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:01 PM   #11
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I feel your pain! I'm DYEING to go on one of the west coast Pixar cruises, but the school year just started. The Port of Los Angeles is twenty minutes away! It would be perfect! Luckily I have the Fantay to look forward to next June, which I was able to book at a reasonable rate, not outstanding, but reasonable.

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Being a teacher is wonderful in the sense of what you get to do for young people's lives, but absolutely terrible in the sense of vacation timing.

The school I currently work at is a charter school so they give us paid time off. That said, I'm totally with NikkiBelle - I don't think I could take that much time off work. I would just feel like it was completely unfair to the kids. I'm planning to use my PTO to make long weekends a little longer.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:15 AM   #13
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Being a teacher has its blessings and curses as far as vacations go.
In the uk, we get huge amounts of 'time off' but as its always scheduled and not flexible we pay a fortune if we actually want to go anywhere!! Catch 22.


Oh and we can't really take unpaid leave, except for special circumstances. Certainly not for a vacation

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It's like Disney is punishing educators or those with children. Ridiculous.
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You guys all need to come work for our school district. Everyone of my kids teachers has taken vacation during the school year. Unfortunately it is next to impossible for a student to miss anytime. Even my daughters friend was threatened for being in the hospital with pneumonia during standardized testing time.
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