Coronavirus (COVID19): Special Leave with pay 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 should follow the guidance set out by the HSE and/or their doctor.
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 medical or HSE confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis or recommendation to self-isolate is provided, in accordance with the HSE Guidelines.
For further information, please refer to Circular 0021/2021
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. Please also see Information Note TC 0025/2021
which sets out the working arrangements for the Very High Risk and also the pregnant teachers/SNAs for the 2021/22 school year. The Information Note also includes clarification on leave arrangements for COVID-19 vaccination appointments and COVID-19 vaccination side effects.
Please refer to Information Note ETB 0001/2021
in relation to extended special leave with pay due to COVID-19 diagnosis for staff other than persons employed as teachers and special needs assistants employed in Education and Training Boards whose post is wholly funded by monies provided by the Oireachtas.