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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #36)

September 3, 2009

Welcome to September and, believe it or not, the first month of fall (or autumn, depending in where you are from). Welcome also to all the new readers that have come in over the last couple of weeks.  Readership last week completely blew away all previous records and it’s great to see the continued and growing interest in Expacked.

001I have a problem that someone may be able to help me with.  We all know about the 7 day stand-down period enforced on most teachers returning from their overseas trip during summer break. This was a precautionary step schools have implemented to help reduce the chance of the swine flu spreading within Korea.

The problem I have now is that, months ago, I also booked tickets to China for the Chusock holiday.  My school is now unsure about whether I need to have a stand-down period after this trip and, more importantly to me, how this affects my pay, future vacation days or sick leave.

I heard that this stand-down period may only be for those coming back from a few selected swine flu infected countries – but this could only be a rumor.

Does anyone know how this works?  For as long as this stand-down period lasts, it could have huge implications on any teachers planning upcoming holidays (eg Americans going home for Thanksgiving or anyone going away for Christmas).  Either way, its important that we, and the schools, have the right information about this.

As usual, Korea has no shortage of news impacting teachers and I have a quick summary of these stories in Expacked this week.  The story headings are on the right.

I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, this week’s joke.



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