Advisory: Access to Sick Leave and Miscellaneous Leave

This advisory is to address members’ questions relating to Sick Leave and Miscellaneous Leave, as the ETT Executive has received numerous calls with regards to this topic and COVID-19.

  • Asymptomatic members directed to remain at home by either the employer or Toronto Public Health should not receive a deduction from Sick Leave for this absence. Members who are asymptomatic and in isolation should be paid as a Miscellaneous Leave, but may be required to continue working from home.
  • Members directed to remain in isolation should get tested for COVID-19.
  • If a COVID-19 test is positive, the Miscellaneous Leave would be converted to Sick Leave from the date of the result.
  • If a teacher is symptomatic, they are considered sick, resulting in a deduction from Sick Leave.
  • Members caring for a sick family member may access up to five paid Miscellaneous Days for this purpose. If the family member is in self-isolation with COVID-19 symptoms, the teacher will be eligible for paid miscellaneous leave (quarantine) upon submission of appropriate documentation from Toronto Public Health.
  • Members that become sick or test positive for COVID-19 while looking after a sick family member would access Sick Leave.
  • All members who test positive for COVID-19 should initiate a WSIB claim by completing a TDSB Employee’s Report of Accident/Injury Form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your ETT Executive Officer.

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