Question – As faculty and staff, we used to be given a small card that allowed us to get into district sports events, musicals, plays, etc., for free. Then we were no longer given the card, but were told that our teacher ID badge would get us in for free. Since we get so few perks as teachers, I really loved this one. I would get in free and often bring someone else with me who would buy a ticket. However, in the last few years, some schools no longer allowed us in for free. I also believe that new teachers don’t even know about this. So my question is, does this great perk still exist? If so, is it across the whole district or does each school get to decide if they’ll honor it or not?
Answer – Unfortunately, this perk never “officially,” existed. In fact, the card really came to be in pre-computer days to help employees with HR and benefits identification purposes. That having been said, many schools, including community ed., did give discounts to employees and the card was a practical tool to demonstrate employee status. Over the last 20 or so years, the cards stopped being necessary for their intended purpose and they haven’t been printed for quite some time. HOWEVER, many of our schools do allow free or discounted employee access to events. The District allows individual schools to make those decisions. If there is a school event you’re interested in attending, by all means check with them in advance to see if free or discounted access is offered before finalizing your plans.
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