I had to work today to repay a shift swap. Daytime cold medicine got me through my shift. Hooray for generic brand DayQuil!
(2014 Update) One of the good things about working for NOVA was the ability to trade shifts with another teacher, commonly referred to as a shift swap. NOVA was also very accommodating about teachers calling in sick – as long as you called before a certain time in the morning, NOVA would try to find a replacement for your lessons. The teacher calling in sick does not get paid.
Calling in sick on a shift swap causes a lot of problems. Since the sick teacher doesn’t get paid it would cause the staff a lot of extra work to make the payroll work out. The worst situation would be calling in sick on a shift swap where the shifts being traded are in different pay periods. No matter how sick the teacher is, the staff would NOT be happy.