No one would ask a public school teacher to work on Christmas. It's a holiday.
Except if you're a Pagan, the holiday is December 21, and we're always still in school on that day.
For me, it gets worse.
As a Pagan, I need to take off work on Samhain.
Now, if I was a Pagan student, I would get the day off with no penalties. Teachers don't get that opportunity. If I want to celebrate the most important holy day on my yearly calendar, I have to lose either a sick day or a personal day.
So, what's the big deal about calling out sick on Halloween? Well, I did a little bit of math. For my first eight years of teaching, I am in a pool where I will be compensated $70 per day for unused sick or personal days. I have taken off Samhain (either one or two days, or one-and-a-half days) every year since I started teaching. Eight years, $70 per year ... That's $560. Throw in Imbolc, which I also take off every year, and the pot jumps to $1120.
Where's that war on Christianity that the moron Sessions is crowing about?
This looks to me like discrimination. Trust me, I'm watching our political events very closely, because I am ready to sue for that entire $1120 if the Christians push too hard on, say, something ridiculous like prayer in school.
Just for the record, I would be very willing and able to come to school on Christmas and teach a full day.