What is the vacation policy like at K12? How many vacation days do you get per year?
Vacation varies depending upon whether you are hourly or salaried and from state to state. In Arizona, you receive 24 hours of personal time, 80 hours of sick time, school breaks, holidays....
I work for ISAZ and, just like any other school, there are ups and downs - good and bad. If we're talking big-picture, though, I enjoy my job and I know that I make a difference in the lives of my students. I have the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of educators who strive to empower students. Some of the decisions made by leadership are questionable and when it comes to leadership supporting staff or acquiescing to parents, they'll almost always give in... but aside from that, I'm content.
I love my job, but I don't feel especially supported by my leadership team. If I follow school policy and a parent complains, 85% of the time, administration will give in to the parent - making me look like an incompetent moron, and saving face for themselves.
I work full-time and I stop at 8 hours a day. I absolutely will not work beyond that. With that being said, I'd easily have enough work for a solid 9-10 hours a day. It's really more a question of what you're willing to do. The company - at least on the school-level - supports a healthy work/life balance.
Since this is a virtual position, are educators able to work in a brick and mortar school in addition to a virtual position?
If you work full-time with a K12 school, it would be difficult if not impossible to work full-time in a traditional school as well. Although your job is (usually) done remotely, you are still expected to be online during school hours, hold live lessons, help sessions....
How much flexibility would there be for a high school teacher? Would I be able to go to the doctor during the school day or would I be bound to my desk?
It depends upon the school you're working for... each school has different leadership and different policies. My administrators are pretty flexible. There are, however, set times during the day when you /have/ to be available (live lessons, office hours, 504 meetings, iep meetings). We have the flexibility to work around that, though... or, if needed, to just take sick time.
I focus on the school I work for - not the corporate organization. My school is amazing. We have a team of dedicated and brilliant educators who work (really hard) to help disadvantaged and academically-struggling students. I work with some absolutely remarkable people - as administrators, teachers, counselors, advisors, and students. I'm not ashamed of what I do. If I were, I wouldn't be doing it.
Limit the focus. We can't be great at everything for everybody all the time. We're only one company. Pick a handful of things and do them better than anybody. Own them. Become the new gold-standard for those things. And pay your teachers better.