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If a member of staff is off sick

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by Middlemarch, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    If you mean 'can disciplinary action proceed whilst a person is absent owing to illness', then the answer is a qualified 'yes'.
    The actions that can proceed would be the gathering of any evidence which it is possible to gather whilst the person is not present. Under some circumstances (e.g. a person still absent owing to illness such as a broken leg), it might be reasonable to ask them to attend a disciplinary hearing.
    It would not, however, be reasonable to expect a person to attend a disciplinary meeting if their doctor deems them too ill to attend.
  2. Thanks so much for replying, Middlemarch - I really do appreciate it.
    The situation is further complicated by the fact that I have only three more weeks left to work in the school. I have been threatened with disciplinary action, and I am really upset, scared, anxious, not just about this but about the fact it's the latest in a long line of really unpleasant things and I just can't help but think that I could potentially have my career ruined in just three short weeks.
    I just don't know what to do.
    Thank you again for the reply.
  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Feel free to PM me with a bit more detail if you want more detailed advice (for what my advice is worth!).
    I think there could well be grounds for a union rep insisting that it's in no-one's interests to pursue such a case, as you're leaving.
  4. Would you mind? I need as much help as I can get, I think.
  5. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Not in the least.

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