Some states and territory governments are easing advice to keep children at home, and are planning a staged return to the classroom.
In some cases, schools or daycare centres may continue to be closed or provide for partial attendance.
ACU is mindful of the challenges faced by many staff and their families and is continuing to review its approach in response to changing circumstances.
If school or daycare closures affect your ability to undertake all or some of your work, whether on-campus or remotely, please speak to your supervisor to discuss your options.
Staff are expected to plan for scheduled school holidays as usual. Personal/carer’s leave is not generally available to provide care for children in school holidays (except in specified circumstances e.g. when a child is sick and cannot attend usual care). Staff can also access personal leave for pupil free days as they are communicated by respective State Government or School (up to four days each year).
If a staff member is required to provide short term, emergency care to children because of school or daycare closures are eligible to apply for personal/carer’s leave. An example of this may be a school or daycare centre is closed because of a reported case of COVID-19.Staff must provide evidence of the school’s closure with their leave application.
Many schools are open and there is no other enforceable government directive not to send children to school. If you elect to keep your child at home and you are concerned about your ability to undertake all or some of your work, whether on-campus or remotely, you should discuss all the options available with your supervisor.
Similarly, where longer term or non-emergency care for children due to school closures is needed, staff should discuss all the options available with their supervisor.
These options include working remotely, working flexible hours, taking annual leave or long service leave, and when these are exhausted, leave without pay.
ACU has protocols (PDF) in place for working remotely in the context of COVID-19.