My child has to be quarantined, what now?
March 22 2021
The schools have been open again since 8 February. Very nice for you and your children, of course, but it also brings new issues. Because what do you do if your child has to be quarantined because of an infection in the classroom? And what if you can work less or not work as a result? Our legal specialists are happy to explain it to you in this blog.
When the schools reopened, the government put in place additional security measures. For example, your child must stay at home in case of a cold and he or she must be quarantined for ten days if someone in the class has tested positive. You only need to be quarantined if your child is tested positive after five days.
Would you like to read more about the corona measures in primary education? Check the website of the National Government.
What about your work?
If your child has to stay at home, it will affect your work. Because you cannot go to your workplace, for example, or because you have less time to work from home. What do you have to do then? In any case, communicate about it clearly and on time with your employer.
I work at home
Do you also have to take care of or teach your child during the working day? Then let your employer and colleagues know. Try to make clear agreements, for example about:
- when you are available on the day and when you are not;
- what your colleagues can expect from you;
- what you do get around to and what others can better take over from you;
- until when the quarantine - yours or your child - lasts.
I don't work from home, but I can't go to work
In this situation, too, it is important to communicate clearly with your employer, supervisor and colleagues. Let it be known that you cannot come to work and until when you cannot. In addition, try to make agreements about what you can do from home. Do you not have to quarantine yourself, but do you really have to stay at home with your child and are you unable to do any work? Then you can take regular leave for this. Is there a situation in which you must act immediately, for example because you suddenly have to pick up your child from school? Then you can use emergency leave.
Do you have to quarantine yourself because your child was tested positive on day 5, so you cannot go to work and do not work at home? Then of course you also report this to your employer. Because you follow government measures, your employer must continue to pay you. The GGD will indicate how long your home quarantine will take. Are you sick yourself? Then the regular sickness rules apply and you will continue to be paid 70 percent of your wages - or more, if this is stipulated in your collective labor agreement.
Do you have questions about the corona measures in primary education or do you not know what to do in your specific situation? Please contact the GGD in your area. Would you like to discuss how to coordinate the corona measures with your employer? Please do not hesitate to contact our Service Center. We are available every working day from 8.00 a.m. to 18.00 p.m. via firstname.lastname@example.org and 0345 851 963.