Teacher Loses Job For Phoning In Sick While Coaching Boys Golf Team

By: Rob Harris

The Niles, Ohio school system reportedly permits teachers to take sick leave for “personal illness or injury, illness, injury or death in the immediate family, pregnancy and exposure to contagious disease which could be communicated to others.”

Notably missing from the list of permitted absences is coaching another school’s  golf team.

Thus frames the predicament of Christopher Chieffo, who recently was discharged as a Niles teacher and assistant principal based on his alleged use of sick time to coach the Howland Local Schools boys team during an October tournament.

Mr. Chieffo apparently has invoked a union grievance process.

In addition, he has filed a $4 million suit against the school board and officials.

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