Robert Goodman had no options.
When the history teacher was diagnosed with colon cancer in May 2018, he used his last days of sick leave of the year to receive treatment.
In July, with his license days already exhausted, Goodman realized that he should go back to school where he teaches, located in Florida, within two weeks or leave without payment.
But he could not work -not during a debilitating chemotherapy treatment that would continue until October- and I could not stop to receive their income from it.
"I was really scared," he told the BBC. "Chemotherapy really disturbs you, I was wondering how I could get up every day at 5 o'clock in the morning, how could I deal with the different side effects that were surrounded by children, how could I take care of the flu and brought cold to school? "
Goodman's salvation came in the whim of the school system in Florida: teachers can exchange sick leave with each other, or in this case, donate.
"I asked for help, the help in four days," he said.
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Help u rgente to hours: Fight against cancer: I work on Pal High School m Beach Gardens . I am waiting for a catastrophe loan from the school district, but I am an abbreviation for 20 days sick leave to qualify. I have been using 38 days this year, which I still had, porq that I was sick a few years ago and I s used about for two weeks. A would greatly appreciate it s I can get 20 more days because of a teacher's illness or employee from district allows me  have more time to recover in the fight with chemotherapy for 12 weeks, which should be enough time to at least complete the treatment . A Yes, if one of the teacher friends out there, spread the word for me. P donate, p uede n send an e-mail to Human Resources at [email protected] If not, I will go back to work on 6 August and I will never get a new chance to apply for the license. Thank you all for your support during this period in my life.
Four days after his post was posted on Facebook, Goodman discovered that the teachers had given enough days of sick leave to spend them in general
In fact, in his most recent conversation with the school, he discovered that his colleagues had donated "about 100 days".
"I was surprised how quickly it happened," he said. But I was not surprised that the teachers did . The teachers always give it is an appeal that is about giving, but it was extraordinary that so many people were willing to give those days for me, "he said.
Goodman still can not believe that his colleagues "could have raised those days when they retired if they did not use them … In a way they gave me their pension money to help me recover." When hundreds of people fill you with love, it is a life-changing experience. "
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I want to thank everyone for supporting me through sick days and for his words of encouragement . E is proof that love is contagious. Today channel 5 called me to make a story about the love you gave me with amab ilidad we are here together and I thank you. I will inform everyone when the district confirms that sick days have been approved.
The teacher does not have to return to school until January 2019. At this moment he will be able to complete his cycle of chemotherapy and rest.
" It is not only the teachers who have donated " he said. "Employees, directors, employees in the cafeteria: I do not know half of these people, but we know each other because we are at the schools, we support each other, we are a family."
Also because Goodman wrote his message on Facebook "I got messages from people who had cancer and survived, it was a really great experience, not only did the teachers make me feel part of a family, they also helped these people "
How absenteeism works in the United States
By Tom Gerken, social media and interactivity unit of the BBC
Sick leave, along with almost all aspects of public education, is the responsibility of the state in the United States. As such, there are no federal policies that determine how and when teachers can take sick days.
The schools of United States v adhere to their rules on teacher benefits and sick leave, and the exact policies are determined by each district.
In Palm Beach County, Florida, full-time teachers start each year with four days of illness, than they collect one day of sick leave each month.
As a precautionary measure for times of serious illness, teachers can also choose to have a bank for sick leave, a collective system intended to distribute additional sick leave. members who need them.
Employees of the school can come to the bank with a day of sick leave. When the number licenses for of is serious, they can ask the bank for more. At least two doctors must sign the absence request.
If a teacher is not eligible for long-term sick leave of any kind, the student must take leave without payment.
Provided that the teacher can show a doctor's certificate of his illness, he will retain the insurance benefits.
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