Hello all! I need some good advice!
I have worked in the education field for almost 15 years. In those years, I have always done a great job and been respectful/caring to my coworkers and the students I serve. I have worked in my particular schools for about 3 years now. I float between three schools. I have made some good relationships (so I thought) and been supportive to others while working in those schools. I am not a teacher. I work for the special education department. I evaluate children to see if they qualify for special education and participate in meetings to write their IEP's.
My dilemma is that I recently became ill and had to have major surgery right after Thanksgiving. As a result, I have to be off for about 4 weeks (between Thanksgiving holiday and the Christmas holiday breaks). I shared this information with my school and they have been extremely insensitive to me. Not only has no one called or inquired how I am doing. They claim that they never got my doctors note excusing me from work. My husband sent the note in several times and they have not responded to my emails asking whether they received it. Since I am up to date with all of my testing through the new year, I offered to do the scheduled meetings by phone to ensure that all of my work is done seamlessly with no delays. I asked that by working from home, that they not take all of my leave. They responded that it is "against policy" and will not be lenient on my leave if I work from home. As a result, I will not be doing any meetings from home since they are not even trying to work with me.
I get the sneaking suspicion that they think I am not being honest about my surgery. I have never been dishonest or played games to get out of work. Before this illness, I was always at work on time and prepared for any meeting or activity I was involved in. In essence, I have busted my a$$ for these people! I am very upset about this and hurt that no one cares about me being ill.
Legally I know that my doctors note is all I need. I know that legally they cannot fire me or give me a bad evaluation due to my illness. However, the emotional side is what I am dealing with. It saddens me that after 3 years of working hard, and signing get well cards for others, putting money in cards for others and caring for others...they would treat me so coldly. How should I act when I return. At this point, I want to not speak to any of them when I get back to work!!!
Edited by UrbanElegance - Dec 09 2013 at 9:28am