COVID-19: Relief teacher emergency payments
As per the MoE's April 7 Bulletin, day relievers and casual staff can apply for support where at Alert Level 2 their ability to accept work was directly affected by COVID-19.
From the Ministry:
We have re-established the emergency payment scheme by application only for those who:
- are a current education sector worker employed on an ‘as needed basis’; and
- are sick with COVID-19, or are caring for a dependant who is sick with COVID-19; or
- are self-isolating, or are caring for a dependant who is self-isolating due to coming into close contact with someone who has COVID-19; or
- were directed to self-isolate as a result of the Alert Level 3 restrictions and that period of self-solation extended into Alert Level 2.
If you are aware of relievers or other casual staff that meet the eligibility criteria, please let them know they can apply for the Alert Level 2 emergency payment online.
When Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 earlier this year, we advised schools and kura that day relief and casual staff who were booked for work during the Alert Level 3 restrictions should be paid for the booking(s). This ensured continued income for day relief and casual workers who were booked to work during the restrictions.
There may be some day-to-day relievers and casual staff in the Auckland region who are regularly contacted by different schools on the day of a booking(s), whose ability to engage in work was significantly disrupted by the restrictions. These casual staff and relievers can apply to the Ministry for support.
Those applying must also be able to provide evidence that they are a current day-to-day reliever or causal worker normally (and regularly) engaged at late notice ie on the day of the booking, and who would have reasonably expected to have work at a school or kura on any of the days from 15 to 17 February and/or any of the days from 28 February to 7 March 2021.
If you are aware of day-to-day relievers or other casual staff who meet the eligibility criteria, please let them know that they can apply for the Alert Level 3 emergency payment.