What are your rights if Covid-19 reaches your school? BURGUNDY BOOK PROVISION Teachers are reminded of the provision set out in the ‘Burgundy Book’ at Section 4 Sick Pay Scheme at Paragraph 10 ‘Contact with infectious diseases’ and Paragraph 10.1 and 10.3 as follows: 10.1 ‘When the approved medical practitioner attests that there is evidence to show a reasonable probability that an absence was due to an infectious or contagious illness contracted directly in the course of the teacher’s employment full pay shall be allowed for such period of absence as may be authorised by the approved medical practitioner as being due to the illness, and such absence shall not be reckoned against the teacher’s entitlement to sick leave under paragraph 2 above, though such absences are reckonable for entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay. ‘ 10.3 ‘A teacher residing in a house in which some other person is suffer-ing from an infectious disease shall at once notify the employer and the teacher shall, if required, take such precautions as may be prescribed, provided that if in the opinion of the approved medical practitioner it is considered inadvisable, notwithstanding such precautions, for such teacher to attend duty, full pay shall be allowed during any enforced absence from duty, such pay being sick pay for the purpose of paragraphs 3 to 7.5 above. This provision will also apply where, in the opinion of an approved medical practitioner, it is inadvisable for a teacher to attend duty for precautionary reasons due to infectious disease in the workplace. The period of the absence under this paragraph shall not be reckoned against the. teacher’s entitlement to sick leave under paragraph 2 above, though such absences are reckonable for entitlements to Statutory Sick Pay.’ If you are a TA, then the Green Book (rather than the Burgundy Book) applies. GREEN BOOK PROVISION The provision for support staff set out in the ‘Green Book’ sickness scheme at Part 2 Para 10.9 is as follows: “An employee who is prevented from attending work because of contact with infectious disease shall be entitled to receive normal pay. The period of absence on this account shall not be reckoned against the employee’s entitlements under this scheme” In the event that a member of support staff is required to self-isolate or is placed in quarantine, the provision above should be applied. Only if / when the employee is subsequently confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 should they then move on to sick pay at which point all the usual provisions will apply.