// Reassignments and Leaves Related to COVID-19
The NBTF is still receiving numerous questions regarding leave and reassignment in connection with COVID-19. Here is a reminder of what applies in each situation.
Reassignment with pay of teachers who need to self-isolate during COVID-19 period
A teacher, who is required to remain at home due to self-isolation in relation to COVID-19 based on the criteria established by NB Public Health, will be reassigned home with pay for the period of self-isolation. The teacher must immediately notify their supervisor of their absence and its required length.
A teacher who is directed by NB Public Health to self-isolate and is reassigned home with pay shall request to be tested for COVID-19 and follow Public Health advice.
- If the test comes back negative, the teacher is expected to return to school in accordance with Public Health recommendations. A teacher who is not feeling well, and is unable to return to school will be considered to be on sick leave.
- If the test comes back positive, the teacher shall use his/her sick leave until he/she is cleared by a health professional to return to school.
While reassigned home with pay, the employer may ask the teacher to work remotely. Examples of remote work include preparation, marking, touching base with a supply teacher, engage in student learning during the hours of instruction to the extent possible, professional development and other assigned duties as agreed between the teacher and the supervisor.
Teachers who must self-isolate because they travelled outside the scope of the travel exemptions (as per mandatory order) for non-work-related reasons after travel advisory was put in place will use leave without pay.
Teachers who have already taken sick leave or a leave without pay due to COVID-19 during this school year can contact the NBTF to rectify the situation, if applicable.
To know which person is responsible for your district, please click here.
Leaves to care for a child who needs to self-isolate during the COVID-19 period
A teacher, who is required to remain at home with his/her child due to self-isolation, class or school closures related to COVID-19, after making all reasonable efforts to make alternate childcare arrangements, will be permitted to use the following benefits, in this order:
- Family Responsibility Day (Article 32.07);
- Maximum of three (3) days with pay (Article 32.03) for every occasion;
- Maximum of two (2) sick days with pay.
*If both parents are teachers, only one parent at a time will be on leave.
*The employer will maintain the right to request appropriate medical information to justify these absences.
Long-term supply assignment
When a long-term supply teacher is required to remain at home due to self-isolation or required to remain at home with his/her child due to self-isolation related to COVID-19, based on the criteria established by NB Public Health, those days will be without pay, and there will be no break in service.