Government of West Bengal
School Education Department
Bikash Bhavan, Salt Lake, Kolkata-700091
No. 51-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. 15-DSE-18099/1/2022-DP SEC-DSE Dated 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 him/ herself is suffering from such infectious diseases including Covid 19 and
Whereas the state government in school education department has taken a note of 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 him/ herself as part of his/her family.
In view of above, it is clarified that teacher/ non-teaching staff on account of suffering by him/ herself or other members of family from infectious diseases including Covid 19, may avail Quarantine Leave. DI(S) concerned must ensure that there is no confusion created while implementing the order.
Additional Secretary to the Government of West Bengal