DE Information Note updating Covid leave & working arrangements

The Department of Education (DE) has published Information Note 0001/2022, which details updated leave and working arrangements from January 2022 due to Covid-19. The key change relates to the application requirements for special leave with pay (Covid-19: Self Isolation and Covid-19: Diagnosis) and for restricted movement on foot of recent HSE advice.

The INTO has secured flexibility to the Parental Leave scheme. The six-week notification requirement for applications to the employer is now being waived. In addition, Parental Leave may now be approved in blocks of less than one week. This temporary change to the Parental Leave scheme will remain in place up to and including 23 February, 2022.

The DE has also published FAQs -Appendix C to accompany the Information Note.

The INTO FAQs, Covid-19 and Schools, will be updated in the coming days to encompass this leave and working arrangements.

Due to the changing nature of the current situation, members are advised to check our website and social media platforms for updates on a regular basis.