By Richard Fraser, Editor
From: Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT)
SNCT forward planning regarding COVID-19 and advice from Joint Secretaries regarding the classification of the periods of self-isolation
The Joint Secretaries agree that paragraph 6.34 of the Handbook applies when a teacher is self-isolating due to potential contact/travel from affected areas and is staying away from work to self-isolate.
This is the paragraph that sets out that paid leave should be provided with regard to contact with a notifiable disease:
6.34 An employee who is prevented from attending the place of employment because of contact with notifiable infectious diseases, shall advise the council immediately and shall be entitled to full pay during absence. A period of absence, in this case, should not be reckoned against his/her entitlement to sickness allowance.
If a teacher becomes ill then normal sick pay arrangements and reporting apply.
In addition to the above, Joint Secretaries have been in discussion regarding arrangements to be put in place if COVID-19 reaches a level that impacts on the education service. The provisions that were previously agreed for the Swine Flu pandemic have been the basis of the discussions and a similar Circular will be issued when/if required.
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