Government of West Bengal
School Education Department
Elementary Education Branch
Bikash Bhavan, Salt Lake, Kolkata – 700091
No. 17-DSE-18099/1/2022-DP SEC-DSE Date: 15.01.2022
Sub: Clarification on the issue of grant of Quarantine Leave
Whereas, The State Government in the School Education Department vide Order no. 02-DSE-18099/1/2022-DP SEC-DSE Date: 04.01.2022 has included certain infectious diseases including COVID-19 for grant of Quarantine Leave in the respective Leave Rules;
And whereas, some confusions have been created over the issue of grant of Quarantine Leave to the teacher/ non-teaching staff who himself/ herself is suffering from such infectious diseases including COVID-19 and
Whereas the State Government in School Education Department has taken a note of the same and felt to issue an order to mitigate such confusion thus generated,
Now there with prior approval of the competent authority, it is stated that:
(a) The Quarantine Leave, as defined in the Leave Rules for teachers/ non-teaching staff, says that the Quarantine Leave, is a leave of absence from duty necessitated by order not to attend school in consequence of presence of infectious diseases in family or household of a teacher/ non-teaching staff.
(b) The Leave Rules include the list of infectious diseases including recently added COVID-19.
(c) The very purpose of the Quarantine Leave, in view of public health, is to restrict the infectious diseases from further spreading.
(d) By definition, the family of the teacher/ non-teaching staff includes the teacher/non-teaching staff himself/ herself as part of his/ her family.
In view of above, it is clarified that teacher/ non-teaching staff on account of suffering by himself/ herself or other members of family from the infectious diseases including COVID-19, may avail Quarantine Leave. Concerned District Inspector of Schools must ensure that there is no confusion created while implementing the order.
Joint Secretary to Government of West Bengal