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Teacher fights to spend more time with sick wife

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A Gwinnett County teacher is fighting to use donated days off to spend more time with his wife, who recently lost her hands and feet.

Mark Rinehart left his wife's hospital room for a short time on Thursday. He attended the Gwinnett County School Board meeting, where he was surrounded by friends and colleagues.

Rinehart's wife, Hannah Rinehart, is a cancer survivor. This summer she contracted a rare infection that forced doctors to amputate her hands and feet. She is currently in the ICU at Northside Hospital.

Mark Rinehart's co-workers volunteered to donate their days off to him so he could spend more time with his wife and keep his job. The Gwinnett County School District does not have a policy allowing the transfer of days.

His brother-in law, David Johnson, asked the school board to allow the donation days. The item though was not an agenda item, so the board did not vote on the potential policy change. They did acknowledge they had been in touch with the human resource department to find a solution.

Johnson said so far there have been no acceptable solutions that would give Mark Rinehart time with his wife and allow him to receive a paycheck.

Sloan Roach, representative for the district, said allowing donation days is a policy change that has to take the district's 22,000 employees into consideration.

It is unclear if the school board will take up the donation days issue. Hannah Rinehart's family said they are optimistic.

The family has set up a website so people can follow Hannah Rinehart's progress. You can check it out by clicking here.

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