Thursday, June 27, 2013

Toronto District School Board sick days up 22% as teachers no longer allowed to ‘bank’ time

Now that sick days at the TDSB can't be banked, their use has gone up 22%
New figures from the Toronto District School Board show a 22% spike in teachers reporting in sick last month compared to the previous year, and a 53% jump from three years ago.

The recent increase echoes similar reports at other school boards in the wake of the provincial government’s end to the practice of school employees’ sick day “banking.”

Numbers compiled by the school board for National Post show there were 33,494 sick days collectively taken by TDSB teachers in May, compared to 27,456 sick days taken in May, 2012. The TDSB has a total of 16,259 teachers in its system this year, so the new numbers average out to just over two sick days per teacher in May alone.

The figures show an even more dramatic jump in sick days taken over the last three years, with 11,663 more sick days taken in May 2013 compared to May 2010, when the board had 16,077 teachers, for an average of about 1.3 sick days per teacher. (more...)

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