Coronavirus / COVID-19

Update, Tuesday 7th April 2020
Delay in payslips for those on payrolls operated by Department of Education and Skills Click here
 
Update, Monday 6th April 2020
The Department of Education and Skills issued the attached FAQs in relation to Covid-19 Temporary assignment arrangement for SNAs and also for certain staff in the education and training sector.
The purpose of these FAQs is to provide further information on the arrangements for temporary assignment to different areas of work. They should be read in conjunction with Department of Education and Skills Circulars 0027/2020 (SNAs) and 0028/2020 (Certain staff).
 
Update, Friday 3rd April 2020
Contingency Assessment Arrangements in FET - Agreed National Approach Click here
 
Update, Friday 3rd April 2020
'Guidance on Continuity of Schooling - Primary and Post-Primary Schools' document which issued from the Department of Education and Skills Click here
 
Update, Thursday 2nd April 2020
Frequently Asked Questions  - Temporary Assignment Arrangements for certain staff in the education and training
sector Click here
 
Update, Wednesday 1st April 2020
Covid-19: Use of school/centre facilities by public health authorities - DES advice Click here
 
Update, Wednesday 1st April 2020
General advice on GDPR for members working remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here

Update, Wednesday 1st April 2020
Circular letters on temporary assignment arrangements for certain staff have been published by the Department of Education and Skills today. The circular letters make clear that the priority in the education and training sector is to ensure continuity of education for learners. Clearly, teachers and lecturers will continue to be required to provide and support the essential delivery of tuition to students during the period of school/centre/college closure and as such will not be subject to reassignment Click here
 
Update, Friday 27th March 2020
The following three circular letters supercede circular letters 20, 21 and 22 of 2020
 
Circular letter 24/2020  - Coronavirus(COVID-19 ) Delay Phase Arrangements for Teachers and Special Needs Assistants employed in recognised primary and post primary schools Click here

Circular letter 25/2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Delay Phase Arragements for ETB grades other than Teachers and Special Needs Assistants Click here
 
Circular letter 26/2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Delay Phase Arrangements in Institutes of Technology/TU Dublin Click here
 
Update, Thursday 26th March 2020 - Holiday pay for substitute teachers & revised contact details for payroll section Click here
 
Update, Thursday 26th March 2020 - Letter from Seán Ó Foghlú, Secretary General of Department of Education and Skills, to teachers and principals  Click here

Update, Wednesday 25th March 2020 - Letter to Minister for Education and Skills from TUI, ASTI and INTO regarding payment for substitute teachers Click here
 
Update, Tuesday 24th March 2020 - School closure period extended - TUI commends students on engagement to date and urges them to stay focused on studies Click here
 
Update, Tuesday 24th March 2020 - 'Teaching and Lecturing - our key role' - A letter to members from TUI General Secretary John MacGabhann and President Seamus Lahart Click here
 
Update, Monday 23rd March 2020 - FAQ document from State Examinations Commission on cancellation of Oral and Practical Peformance tests Click here

Update, Thursday, 19th March 2020 - TUI has established a Covid-19 fund to assist those most affected by the current pandemic i.e. the elderly, the recently unemployed, the homeless and other marginalised groups. The Union has made an opening contribution of €20,000 to the fund Click here

Update, Thursday, 19th March 2020  - The Department of Education and Skills has made important clarifications in relation to payment of both Hourly Paid Assistant Lecturers (HPALs) and the ETB 'tutor' grade  Click here

Update, Thursday, 19th March 2020 - Minister McHugh Announces Cancellation of Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Oral and Practical Performance Tests Click here
 
Update, Monday, 16th March 2020 - 'Never has solidarity been more essential' - A letter to TUI members from General Secretary John MacGabhann Click here

Update Friday, 13th March 2020 - TUI's Annual Congress, along with the conferences of our sister Unions ASTI and INTO, have been postponed due to the Covid-19 situation. Click here
 
Additional clarification issued by Department on evening of Thursday, 12th March 2020:
In respect of further queries raised this afternoon by Management Bodies and Union Officials please see a clarification from the Department below:
 
Schools, Further Education Centres and Higher Education Institutions are closed for students from 6pm on Thursday March 12th, and all staff are encouraged to work from home per the advice from Health officials.  However, Schools, Further Education Centres and Higher Education Institutions should be available to staff if they wish to access the facilities in order to provide online delivery, or essential services once this is in line with HSE advice on social distancing etc. Local Management should consider how to manage this access in order to comply with the advice of health officials.

 

Closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings (Thursday, 12th March 2020)

Following discussions between unions TUI, ASTI, INTO, management bodies ETBI, JMB and ACCS and the Department of Education and Skills this afternoon (12th March), schools should note:

  • An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm this evening, Thursday 12 March.This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.~
     
  • It is recommended that schools/centres consult with staff to finalise contingency planning this afternoon.
     
  • Schools/centres are closed to students/learners during the period of closure.
     
  • In order to minimise the impact on teaching and learning, all schools are asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools are asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their response.
     
  • Teachers should in the first instance work from home during normal school hours where this is possible. Where facilities are available in a school for online delivery, teachers who wish to avail of this should be facilitated, once this is in line with HSE advice on social distancing etc.  
     
  • It is important in particular that absences such as maternity leave etc. are keyed into the OLCS/ ETB payroll system to facilitate continued payment of salary.
     
  • Schools/Centres are asked to prioritise supporting exam classes to continue to prepare for State examinations.

Further information:

The Department of Education and Skills COVID-19 updates Click here 

The Department for Public Expenditure and Reform has published a guidance note for HR in the Civil and Public Service in relation to leave associated with COVID-19. The note is available to download here.

The guidance note states that any special leave with pay granted for the purpose of self-isolation or any diagnosis of COVID-19 will not be counted as part of the employee’s sick leave record. The application of special leave with pay will apply for the number of days advised by the HSE/doctor. Medical/HSE confirmation of the need to self-isolate and a diagnosis of COVID-19 will be required.

The Department of Education and Skills has issued the following circular letters:

Circular 0020/2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Arrangements for Teachers and Special Needs Assistants employed in recognised primary and post primary schools Click here to download

Circular letter 0021/2020: 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Arrangements for ETB grades other than Teachers or Special Needs Assistants' Click here to download

Click here for arrangements for those ETB staff not covered by the circulars above.

Circular 0022/2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Arrangements for those working at Third Level Click here to download

The special arrangements set out in this circular letter are to be implemented by each employer with immediate effect and all employees must adhere to the special arrangements

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