Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Questions (405)

Richard Boyd Barrett


405. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education if advice will be provided in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43318/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department's Circular 0042/2021 sets out the current leave arrangements for teachers and special needs assistants in the context of COVID-19.  Paragraph 4.2.3 advises as follows:

An employee who has been categorised by the occupational health service (OHS) (as described in Chapter 4 paragraph 4.1) and considers that the OHS ‘COVID-19 Health Risk Categorisation Report’ places him/her in an incorrect risk category, may request a review.  The employee can e-mail the OHS directly ( who will re-evaluate the medical evidence provided. The employee may provide additional medical evidence as part of the review process. In a situation where the review outcome is that the COVID-19 health risk categorisation remains the same, a further review will only be undertaken, where additional medical evidence indicates there has been a change in the employee's medical status or where there is a change in the HSE guidelines for the ‘high risk’ group.