I've been sick with flu most of the last two weeks, and the days I wasn't sick one or more of my kids were sick. So I figured the only possible topic for today is sick leave.
Texas teachers are entitled to five days of paid leave each year, usable for any reason the teacher chooses - personal illness, family illness, travel, family business, mental health day, or any other reason the teacher wants, no questions asked.
Some districts give teachers more than five days. If a district gives extra days, those extra days can be limited to specific uses, such as personal or family illness.
Each district develops its own implementation rules for the leave days. This means your district will tell you how to notify the district you are taking leave, how much notice you must give before an absence (advance notice obviously not required if you are ill and contagious), if there are limits on which you days you can use (many districts prohibit personal leave on TAKS days, or the day before a school holiday, etc).
Each district that provides more than five leave days also determines whether the local or state days are used first. This is important because state granted leave days accumulate from year to year if they are not used, and can be taken to any Texas public school district if you change jobs.