Summary of arrangements:

  1. No symptoms and no contact with a positive case – continue to work.
  2. You or a member of your household display symptoms – normal pay when off and work from home if possible.
  3.  A Positive Test - receive normal pay and work from home, where feasible, during any isolation period.
  4. When you are advised to self-isolate due to being in a vulnerable health group – normal pay and work from home where feasible.
  5. If you have a child who is required to self-isolate, you should apply for exceptional dependant leave for up to a maximum of ten working days (prorated for part time staff) on normal pay.
  6. If you are directed not to attend work due to a temporary closure you will receive your normal pay, where possible you should work from home.
  7. Test and Trace and Protect requirement to self-isolate - normal pay for this period and work from home, where feasible.
  8. Requirement to quarantine due to travel outside of the UK and Ireland - seek NEU advice. Schools must adhere to the guidance on self-isolation provided by PHA and DENI Coronavirus guidance. For further advice contact 028 9078 2020 or please email NEU NI Regional Office

Scenario 1: No symptoms and no contact with a positive case.

If you have no symptoms of COVID-19 you can attend workplace if required and in line with Government advice including social distancing guidelines. Arrangements for working from home will require planning and regular contact with the Principal/Line Manager.

Scenario 2: You or a member of your household display symptoms.

If you are displaying symptoms you have a duty of care to yourself and others and must self-refer to be tested immediately. You must refrain from attending work and follow medical advice (available via telephone from your GP or NHS 111).

  • This COVID-19 absence will be excluded from any calculation of contractual sick pay – so you will receive normal pay.
  •  No impact on absence trigger points or contractual sick pay.
  • You must keep their Principal/Line Manager informed throughout this period.

Scenario 3: A positive COVID-19.

Test If you or a member of your household tests positive or is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 you must self-isolate immediately and follow PHA advice for their recovery. Staff self-isolating, without symptoms, will continue to receive normal pay and will be required to work from home, where feasible, during any isolation period.

  • Any such COVID-19 absences will be excluded from any calculation of contractual sick pay – you will receive normal pay.
  • No impact on absence trigger points or contractual sick pay.
  • You must keep your Principal/Line Manager informed throughout this period.

Scenario 4: Employee advised to self-isolate due to being in a vulnerable health group.

There is an onus on employers to take extra measures to support our most vulnerable staff to self-isolate or engage in social distancing as appropriate.

  • The Principal/Line Manager undertakes an individual risk assessment prior to returning to the school/workplace.
  • Where possible you should work from home – but it is recognised that this may not be feasible.
  • It is the view of PHA that schools are safe places of work and study.
  • A small number of staff in vulnerable categories may be advised to continue to self-isolate or work from home on medical advice despite the pausing of shielding.
  •  You will receive normal pay. For further advice contact 028 9078 2020 or please email NEU NI Regional Office

Scenario 5: If you have a child who is required to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19.

In an emergency you may be unable to attend school/workplace in your usual capacity at very short notice due to your child self-isolating and you have no one else available to care for the child. In these specific circumstances, you should be facilitated to work from home.

If the nature of your role prevents this, you may request exceptional dependant leave for up to a maximum of ten working days (pro-rated for part time staff) on normal pay. In all other circumstances you should continue to investigate and source all care options available to you to attend work.

Scenario 6: You are directed not to attend work due to a temporary closure relating to COVID-19.

If you are directed not to attend work due to a temporary closure you will receive your normal pay. Where possible work from home or another agreed workplace and return to work when directed to do so.

Scenario 7: Test and Trace and Protect requirement to self-isolate If you are advised through Test and Trace to self-isolate, you should not attend work.

You should comply with PHA guidance stay away from work for the prescribed period.

You will receive normal pay for this period and will be required to work from home, where feasible, during any isolation period.

Scenario 8: Requirement to quarantine due to travel outside of the UK and Ireland.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise against non-essential international travel. For more information please email NEU NI Regional Office

NEU Advice Note Covid19 Absences Dec2020

Schools must adhere to the guidance on self-isolation provided by PHA and DENI Coronavirus guidance.