Parents’ outrage as sick US teacher forced to pay for substitute

10th May, 2019 10:13:30 printer

LOS ANGELES: Parents at an elementary school in San Francisco have expressed outrage after learning that a teacher suffering from cancer and on sick leave is having to pay the school district for her substitute.

The second-grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary is off sick with breast cancer for the rest of the year and has been paying nearly $200 a day for her replacement, in accordance with state law, local news reports said.

“Parents were outraged and incredulous—like, this can’t be,” Amanda Fried, who has a daughter in kindergarten and another in third grade, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “There must be some mistake.”

A school district spokeswoman, however, told AFP that the payment was not unusual and was in line with state law.

“This is not unique to San Francisco,” Laura Dudnick said in a statement. “This is not a district-only rule.”

Dudnick explained that teachers in the district get 10 days of sick leave a year and can carry over those sick days year after year if they don’t use them.

Once those sick days are exhausted, teachers are then eligible for 100 days of extended sick leave, during which they are entitled to their full pay, minus the cost of a substitute.