Pre-1st September, 2014 Sick Leave Arrangements
Under the old Sick Leave Scheme for Registered Teachers in Primary and Post Primary Schools the paid sick leave which was granted to teachers who are employed in permanent wholetime incrementally paid positions in Voluntary Secondary Schools, Community Schools and Community Colleges is limited to a maximum of 365 days of absence in any period of four consecutive years of teaching service.
In calculating the 365 days absence both certified and uncertified sick leave will be counted. For example, if a teacher is absent on sick leave on a Friday and on the following Monday this will be counted as four days of sick leave out of the 365 day entitlement, i.e. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. When considering whether a medical certificate is required it should be noted that only school days of absence are counted, i.e. you can be absent on the Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday and this is counted as four school days of absence. If a teacher is absent on sick leave for the month of May right up to the summer holidays and if the teacher is absent for the following month of September the Department may record this as five months of sick leave.
Paid sick leave is limited to a maximum of 365 days in any period of four consecutive years of teaching service, i.e. a teacher should count the number of days of illness (including weekends or holidays if relevant) in the past four years of service, counting back four consecutive calendar years from the current date. Periods of sick leave which occurred more than four years ago are not counted.
Unpaid Sick Leave
A teacher who has exhausted his / her entitlement to the maximum period of paid sick leave, who is deemed medically unfit to resume duties and who wishes to have their position held open must apply to his / her employer for a further period of unpaid sick leave within which she / he must resume teaching if certified as fit to do so. This period of unpaid leave shall not exceed 2 years from the date of expiration of paid sick leave.