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Re: HD missing a day to work at other job
I would question the legality of that policy. I work from time to time for a local DJ company, and not for free. Every once in a while when there isn't much going on at school I might take a personal day and go do that job instead (sometimes there's travel involved, and that pays really well). If it's outside of my contract hours, or I'm using one of my allotted personal days, and doesn't affect my performance at school, I don't see how the school district can possibly legally prevent me from doing that. I guess the only caveat to that is if you signed a contract with that stipulation, you're probably bound to it.
FWIW, I wouldn't ever skip an important school day (or contest or other band event) to go work my other job...but I've definitely skipped out on a few of those trash days where the bell schedule is stupid and we won't be doing anything useful.