Coronavirus (COVID19): Working Arrangements and Leave Arrangements for Teachers and Special Needs Assistants employed in recognised primary and post primary schools
1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus that can cause illness affecting the lungs and airways. Employers and employees must follow the most recent HSE advice in relation to self-isolation and restricted movement requirements.
2. The employer has obligations under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 to ensure the safety and welfare of staff at work.
3. An employer may grant Special Leave with Pay to an employee where appropriate HSE confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis or there is a requirement to self-isolate is provided, in accordance with the most recent HSE advice.
For further information, please refer to Circular 0042/2021
which details the current working arrangements and leave arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic for teachers and special needs assistants employed in recognised primary and post primary schools.
This Circular should be read in conjunction with Information Note TC 0001/2022
titled ‘COVID-19: Updated Working and Leave Arrangements from January 2022 for Teachers and Special Needs Assistants employed in recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools’. This Information Note has replaced Information Note TC 0027/2021.