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How bad is This number of days off?

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attendance121 · 03/12/2019 07:45

9 days since September 1, what percentage does that work out as?

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longearedbat · 03/12/2019 07:48

What sort of 'days off'? Sickness, compassionate, holiday etc?


Bunnybigears · 03/12/2019 07:49

I'm.assuming absence from school. I dont know how to work the percentage but I would say that's bad. That's more days than most kids have off all year.


BendingSpoons · 03/12/2019 07:49

Assuming no inset days and one week half term, that is 62 days, of which 53 were attended.

53/62 x 100 = 85%


Danni91 · 03/12/2019 07:49

Depends on the context but if that was multiple sick days that's an awful lot.

If booked in as annual leave then its owed and not an issue (assuming you didn't start in September)


HeyDoggy · 03/12/2019 07:50

It depends on your holiday year (what months it runs) and also how many separate absences there were (I.e. was it one period of 9 days or 9 separate days off).

If you google Bradford Factor calculator, you can work out what figure you’re at. Anything over 200 is generally monitored, over 500 may be heading to disciplinary process.

It also depends on the reason for the absence. If it is pregnancy related absence, then it would be less of a risk than something like “bad back/headache/cold”.


RhymingRabbit3 · 03/12/2019 07:50

Sounds like a lot to me. Why dont you ask the school what percentage it is and if they're concerned?


Danni91 · 03/12/2019 07:50

Oh I thought work didn't think of school


HeyDoggy · 03/12/2019 07:50

Just to add, I assumed it was work absence. I’m not sure how it works with schools


doublebarrellednurse · 03/12/2019 07:51

For you or your child? What year is the child if it's for them?

9 days for a school age child is 18 sessions so since September that's a lot.

9 days off for a adult since September and you'd be in a meeting at my work.


TheMobileSiteMadeMeSignup · 03/12/2019 07:51

Averaging 3 days off a month. Depending on the circumstances yeah, it might be high. If it was 5 days for illness in September then 4 days for, say, compassionate leave in November then no, not high.

What's your work policy on absence/sick pay etc? Noone can tell you anything without relevant information.


BendingSpoons · 03/12/2019 07:52

I realised I included today in the 62 days, assuming they go in today it is correct. If there have been any inset days etc the percentage will be lower.


WaterSheep · 03/12/2019 07:53

I don't think it matters if it's work or school, 9 days is a lot of time off.


flowery · 03/12/2019 07:56

What percentage 9 days off is depends on how many days the person was supposed to have been there!

It’s high anyway.


attendance121 · 03/12/2019 07:56

It’s for me but I work in a dchool. 4 days were leave for ill child and 3 sick for me. Now other child is ill.

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codenameduchess · 03/12/2019 07:56

Is it sickness/holiday from work, time off school or actual days off from work (rest days)? The type will make a big difference to answers.

If sickness, that's a lot unless one big absence for one thing. If rest days from work then it's not enough.


Rudolphsjinglebells · 03/12/2019 07:57

My ds has had 7 days off school since going back in September. All for sickness.
September 2 days for a chest infection.
October 4 days in one week because of a stomach bug and tonsillitis which he got in the same week.
He missed another day last Friday with sickness.
I think it seems like he has had too much time off, but in reality he was genuinely sick every time and couldn't have made it in.

Last year he only missed 2 days in the whole year.


TakeANote · 03/12/2019 07:57

Leave for sick child is annual leave I assume?


GiveHerHellFromUs · 03/12/2019 07:58

@attendance121 it is a lot of time off (but then 3 days for yourself is a lot anyway) but parental leave is counted separately to sick leave and you can't be discriminated against for it


Rudolphsjinglebells · 03/12/2019 07:58

Sorry cross posted with you.


GrapefruitGin · 03/12/2019 07:59

That’s a really high level of absence. Are they down as different absence codes? I.e sick for you and parental leave for when kids are ill?


attendance121 · 03/12/2019 08:00

I work in a school take so no. I will have to say I am sick because I cant afford unpaid.

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adaline · 03/12/2019 08:00

Sick leave for yourself shouldn't be counted in the same way as unpaid leave to look after your child.

If you have a partner, are they doing their fair share of sick days for the DC? It shouldn't all
be down to you.


adaline · 03/12/2019 08:01

If you're lying and saying you're sick when you're not just to get paid time off I hope you're hauled over the coals - lying about being unwell is gross misconduct in a lot of jobs.


Bunnybigears · 03/12/2019 08:01

I think most work places would be asking if there isnt another adult who can stay with sick child. Usually time of for dependents is given if you have no notice of needing to be off such as child sent home from school or wake up poorly. By day 2,3 and 4 of childs illness you are normally expected to make arrangements such asthe other parent, grandparents etc.


WaterSheep · 03/12/2019 08:01

I will have to say I am sick

I work in a school, and lying about being ill would result in a disciplinary.

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