Reader Julie has an interesting dilemma for you all:
Here’s the deal.
In previous years, teachers in my school district did not work on Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah. These were non-paid, non-assigned days. I heard that the reason we got these days off was that there were so many Jewish employees that it was more cost effective to shut the whole operation down than to hire so many subs.
Then, we started getting off “Columbus Day Observed,” but it would be on Yom Kippur.
This year, we got a memo from the principal:
Tuesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 9 will be regular school days. All classes will be in session.
1. Contrary to previous years, teachers who wish to take the day off for religious observance may do so WITH PAY.
2. Teachers who wish to take the day off WITHOUT PAY, as in previous years, may do that as well.
3. Teachers who wish to work may do that.
Please fill out the bottom part and return to my mailbox as soon as possible.
NAME __________________________I plan to work on Tuesday, September 30.
___I plan to NOT work and be unpaid for Sept. 30.
___I plan to be out Sept. 30 for religious observance.
___I plan to work on Thursday, October 9.
___I plan to NOT work and be unpaid for Oct. 9.
___I plan to be out Oct. 9 for religious observance.
Um…I’d like to be UNpaid. Sure. Right.
As it turns out, Julie has a baby. An extra couple days off would be nice. And to get paid for it? Even better.
She has a case for playing her religious card, too… because of her birth, she’s officially a Jew for life. She’s even been to temple a number of times.
(I doubt they’re going to ask for proof that she actually attended religious service.)
So, what should Julie do?
- Be honest and not take the days off?
- Play the Jewish card and get paid for the religious holidays she’s not actually celebrating?
- Something else entirely?