After you test negative for Covid-19, your initial period of special leave with pay will end.
If you are still unfit to work, the ordinary terms of the sick leave scheme will apply to your absence. This will include the requirement to provide a medical certificate if you are absent on sick leave for more than three consecutive days, or if you have taken seven days of self-certified sick leave in the past two years.
If you pay Class A PRSI, you are required to claim Illness Benefit if you are absent on sick leave for any period longer than three days, excluding Sunday, details here.
Please note, the initial period of special leave with pay, while you were symptomatic and awaiting testing, is not part of your sick leave, and you won’t claim Illness Benefit for this part of your absence.
Any period of self-certified sick leave will not have substitute cover.
There is further detail about the sick leave scheme for teachers in Chapter One of Circular 54/2019 (PDF) and on the INTO website here.