Sick Days


When a teacher is first hired in regular education, and only then, 6 sick days are put automatically in their sick bank. All teachers regardless of their load receive the 6 days.

Every year, on September 1, 7 sick days are added to the sick bank for full-time regular sector teachers (pro-rated for part-time teachers). These 7 days constitutes the current sick bank. On June 30, if the number of sick days in your total sick bank (current and cumulative) is equivalent to or less than 13, the unused current sick days are added to your cumulative sick bank. (No unused sick days are added to the bank if you have more than 13 days in your total sick bank. Unused days cannot be converted into cash.)

If you take a leave (excluding parental leaves), the 7 current sick days added are adjusted on a pro-rata basis to the impact of the leave on your availability.


You must notify the College (Sector Dean’s Office) as soon as possible, and identify exactly what classes have to be cancelled. All Deans have answering machines on a number dedicated to absences so you can call anytime, as early as possible is best. Your absence will be posted on the Cancelled Classes board and on the college. On returning to work, you need to fill out a Certificate of Absence as promptly as possible. The forms are available from Human Resources (4B.7), from your Sector Dean as well as the Dawson website (faculty section). Clearly indicate on the Certificate of Absence if you are unavailable for only half a day (e.g. medical appointment).

The college can request that you provide a medical certificate any time that you take a sick day. However it usually does not do so unless your absence extends beyond 5 days. If the college requests a medical certificate from a teacher absent for less than 4 days, the college must pay for any costs. The college policy is to replace a teacher in the classroom only on the second day of absence.


The first 5 days of consecutive absence are paid at 100% of your salary, provided you have enough sick leave days available in your sick bank (if you have no sick leave days remaining to you then you are simply not paid). After 5 working days of illness, you are placed on salary insurance (also referred to as short-term disability insurance), and subsequent sick days are paid at 85% of your normal salary for the first year and at 662/3% for the second year. After this you would fall on long term disability insurance which is optional for non-permanent teachers but compulsory for permanent teachers. If you do not have long term disability insurance, you receive no income.

Salary insurance and long term disability do not use your bank of sick days; they remain available for another illness.


You have the right to be absent from work up to 10 days per year to fulfil obligations relating to the care, health or education of your child or your spouse’s child, or for health reasons for your spouse, father, mother, brother, sister or grandparent. You can use up to 6 sick days for these absences. The other 4 would be without pay. These days may be divided into half-days.