My school has been required to close. What leave do I take?
Leave arrangements with regard to COVID-19 are outlined in the 'Determination of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment'.
The Determination states that:
Workplace shutdown for deep-cleaning
In the event the Government or Chief Public Health Officer directs a workplace to shut down for a short period of time, for example 48 hours to undertake deep-cleaning, and where it is not practicable and appropriate to work from home or from another work location, the employee will be deemed ‘absent on duty’.
Temporary cessation of service (full or partial), or physical workplace closure for COVID-19 purposes (this provision does not apply for deep-cleaning purposes)
In the event the Government or Chief Executive determines that a service should temporarily cease (full or partial), or where a workplace physically closes, where practicable and appropriate, the employee will be given access to flexible working arrangements or transferred to alternative duties.
Where the above is not practicable and appropriate, the employee will be provided with special leave with pay for COVID-19.
If special leave with pay for COVID-19 is exhausted, the employee should access their own leave entitlements.