Not only do you get your rest/recreation/appointments/business needs addressed, but your students see how necessary you are, and a sub gets some money. You may even get some appreciation when you return.
In my early days I would take them. Go to Hardees for some carry out breakfast. Go pick up the Tampa Tribune. Go home and pretend I was retired. THEN I had kids. Since THEY rode to school with me, those days were over. But really didnt need them much. One maxim was, take a day off and then soon after NEED to be out for something or sick.
taking one tomorrow and probably Friday as well. After all these years teaching I do feel guilty but not sure why? When I get back from a day off-nothing has changed. The kids are the same-the school is still standing-no one missed me-so in other words I am replaceable in a hot second-so why do I feel guilty? Maybe it is more me than anything because really no one cares.