With schools set to remain open for the foreseeable future, teachers and school leaders could find themselves under increasing pressure to provide for both their regular classes and an increasing number of students staying at home to self-isolate.
This has the potential to have real workload implications for QTU members, and schools must take care to balance the needs of students with the health and wellbeing of QTU members and other employees.
If parents keep students at home as a precaution, there is currently no requirement to provide them with work as they are not absent for an authorised illness, although we are seeking a consistent approach by the department on this.
In accordance with department policy, parents should notify the school if students are absent from school. If students are absent for an extended period of time for medical reasons, schools can require parents to provide a statement from their medical practitioner to this effect. If parents are keeping students home for other reasons, they may be requested to complete department documentation that advises of this decision.
Visit www.qtu.asn.au/coronavirus for the latest information on the outbreak.
Uploaded 18 March 2020