For reference - Covid-19 Staff absences

The DfE have advised that staff absences should have been recorded as: 

  1. Sickness if they are a confirmed case or a suspected case
  2. Other paid authorised absence if they are isolating
  3. Time off for dependent paid (this maps to Other paid authorised absence) or Time off for dependent unpaid (this maps to unpaid authorised absence) depending on the circumstances
  4. Other absence - For staff who are absent for other reasons, such as furlough or refusing to attend, you will need to select the most appropriate absence category, for example, an Authorised or Unauthorised Absence. Please contact the DfE to confirm which absence category to use.
  5. Working from home - These should not be recorded as absences, as the staff member is working. Please see our guidance here: How to record staff as Working From Home (WFH)

Once you know the type of absence you will need to record, see our article on adding a Staff Absence for how to add the absence. In Arbor, you should record absences as shown below:

  • If the staff member is self-isolating due to underlying health conditions, a member of their household is sick, or if they’ve been somewhere that puts them at risk Absence Category: Self-isolating, Sickness category: Leave blank, Sickness sub-category: Leave blank
  • If the school is closed Absence Category: Exceptional circumstances/school is closed, Sickness category: Leave blank, Sickness sub-category: Leave blank
  • If the staff member is a suspected case and they are self-isolating Absence Category: Sickness (Self-Certified), Sickness category: Cough, cold, flu, viral infection, Sickness sub-category: Coronavirus - COVID 19 (Symptoms)
  • If the staff member is a confirmed case Absence Category: Sickness (Medical Certified), Sickness category: Cough, cold, flu, viral infection, Sickness sub-category: Coronavirus - COVID 19 (Confirmed)

For example, for suspected cases:

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