On an average day, about 1,040 of the Toronto District School Board's 17,000 teachers call in sick. On Fridays that aren't professional activity days, however, that average rises to 1,315.
According to data obtained from the board through access to information, Monday is the least likely day for teachers to call in sick, followed, in order, by Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
For Toronto’s substitute teachers, this is old news.
"For occasional teachers, you have a higher probability on Friday of getting a job than any other day of the week," says Marion Mutton, president of the Toronto Occasional Teachers union local. (more...)