I do my absolute best to never be gone from school. Every teacher knows what a pain it is be prepare for a sub. For me, that means hours of work. It's not just the extra prep time that bothers me though. No matter how qualified the guest teacher might be, the quality of learning is considerably lower when I'm not there, and for these young learners, every day counts. (Please don't feel guilty if you've had to be gone a lot. These things happen.)
The more I can prepare my kids for my absence, the better, so in addition to the low-down they get from me, they'll also hear from their parents on the matter. Here's a copy of the letter that I send home when I know I'll be out of the classroom.
My hope is that my kids get one more reminder on their way out the door on the morning of my absence. "Remember, character means doing what's right even when Miss McMorrow isn't watching!"