On Fridays, students can get permission to skip school if
- It was a full week (no Monday holiday)
- They were in school and on time all week
- Their teachers all give permission
This is what's so great about subbing on Thursday there. I get to sign the slips giving permission, and my condition is always for them to do their work. I state this up front, and I find that this is incentive enough to get them to do what they're supposed to do.
On Thursday, every single student in first period (all six of them) gave me a buyout to sign. They all did their work. (The room was silent.) I signed every buyout. And I knew I was returning Friday (the teacher was out Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).
Would I have anyone in first period?
Turns out, I had one student. I asked the burning question.
Another of his teachers wouldn't sign his buyout. Bummer.
But I was glad he was there. I would have felt funny getting the period off. It feels wrong somehow to have no students in a class that I'm supposed to teach.