Questions and answers about the coronavirus for education staff

For more than a year there have been measures in education because of corona. Schools were closed, were (partly) reopened and teaching staff were faced with sometimes difficult dilemmas and questions. The questions that the AOb you receive more often from teaching staff below.

The FAQs are divided into general topics and topics specific to the sectors. You can click on the topic or on your education sector to go directly to the answer you are looking for. Are you AObmember and your question is not listed, or if you are in doubt, please contact our employees on 030 298 95 99.

Sectors

Primary school

Secondary education

Special education

MBO

HBO and WO

General topics

Rapid tests

Vaccination

Distance learning & privacy

MR and OR

Ventilation

Work & income

Illness & health

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL

Primary education has been fully open again since 8 February 2021. Pupils do not have to keep their distance between themselves and the teaching staff, adults do have to keep their distance. The protocol and service document for primary education can be found via this link. 

Am I obliged to work at school?

De AOb doesn't think so. AObdirector Jelmer Evers says about this: 'Our position is and remains that staff members should not be forced to physically work at school if they are concerned about their health. In the protocol we have laid down that staff members who 'cannot or do not want to work physically at school for good reasons' can be exempted from work at school. Consider, for example, people with family members who fall into a risk group. In the conversation between employer and employee, a different interpretation of the activities is considered. Staff members who are seriously concerned also discuss this with the employer. During that meeting, agreements are made about a different interpretation of the activities and / or additional safety measures.
Caution! Do you end up in a discussion with your employer about this? Then sign up with us. Our lawyers and/or district administrators will then see if we can help you. It is legally unwise to refuse work without engaging us in advance. After all, the question of whether a work order is reasonable in a concrete situation must be assessed on the basis of all the circumstances of the specific case.

Can you have lunch together again in the teachers canteen and meet?

Yes, from September 25, the distance rule for staff has been abolished. So you can have lunch together again.

What about the mouth caps?

These have never been compulsory in primary education. It is advised to wear a face mask if, for example, there are parents, volunteers or other external professionals in the school and it is not possible to keep a distance.

I belong to a risk group, do I have to go to school to work?

According to the protocol, staff members who fall into a risk group can be exempted from work at school. This must be done in consultation with a health and safety doctor. Also staff members who for good reasons cannot/will not physically work at school (e.g. staff members with
family members who fall into a risk group), can be exempted from school work. Always talk to the employer to see how the work is done.
Based on the employer's prevention task, as described in the Working Conditions Act, it is obvious that educational staff belonging to the risk group are instructed not to work at school. Unless the school has taken all necessary measures to prevent additional risks. In that case you can choose to go to school in consultation with your employer. Are you a member of the AOb and does it come to a discussion? Then take always in touch Contact the Legal Department for advice and mediation. Incidentally, the protocol also states that staff members who do not belong to a risk group, but who have a good reason not to be physically at school, can be exempted from work at school.

Are students allowed to go to school if they have a cold?

Students with cold complaints, such as a runny nose, nose cold, sneezing and sore throat are allowed to go back to school from 12 July 2021. They must stay home if they have a fever, are short of breath or cough a lot. When in doubt? Stay at home. Read also the guide of the RIVM about children with a cold.

Can gym class continue?

Yes, gym class can continue. In primary education, lessons can be given both indoors and outdoors. There need be no distance between students and between the student and teacher. Check this page on the website of the KVLO, the interest association of gym teachers, for the protocols.

What about reporting infections if students have tested positive?

The guidelines of the RIVM for testing and quarantine continue to apply. So keep reporting infections and follow the advice of the GGD and provide information to this service. The quarantine rules at primary schools have been adjusted as of September 20. If a child in class is infected with the coronavirus, the entire class no longer has to be quarantined. In case of outbreaks with multiple infections in a group, the GGD can still advise to go into quarantine.

If a class or group of children goes into quarantine, will they be homeschooled?

Schools are asked to 'offer them as much continuity as possible', but there is no 'right to lessons'. In short, the school is not obliged to offer hybrid education if a class or group of children has to stay at home. For example, the school can provide homework. If the entire school has to be closed temporarily, the team will switch to distance learning.

My employer wants me to do other work, such as cleaning, updating administration or monitoring compliance with corona regulations. Is that allowed?

The employer is allowed to give 'reasonable' work assignments, but what can be considered reasonable in a concrete situation is difficult to say in advance. In a conflict about this, the judge will only judge afterwards. However, you can expect to be deployed as much as possible in line with your normal activities. On the other hand, for example, more flexibility can be expected from you if you cannot perform normal work because you live with someone who is vulnerable according to the protocol. We advise you to discuss this with your employer. State your objections, but at the same time think along from the perspective of the employer. If you cannot find an answer, please contact us.

What if I have had contact with someone who is infected with corona?

Report this to your employer and follow the instructions of your employer, the GGD and / or the company doctor. For the time that you do not work because of this situation, you will continue to be paid full wages.

Where can I find useful downloads with the precautions?

View this link AOb Participation with tips to work safely during Covid-19. Also this flyer about ventilation is handy.

SECONDARY EDUCATION

The secondary schools will be fully open again from May 31. Students no longer have to keep their distance from each other and the distance rule between students and teaching staff and staff themselves has been abolished since September 25. View the protocols and service document via this link. 

What about wearing mouth masks within the school?

Wearing a mouth cap is no longer mandatory from September 25.

Can we have graduation ceremonies and excursions/school camps again?

Yes, a graduation ceremony is allowed. Only the number of attendees will depend on the distance rule. It determines how many people can attend. When moving within school, the mouth nose mask is mandatory, if one is sitting, the mouth nose cap can be removed. Excursions and school camps may be organized in compliance with the ground rules on site.

Can I be required to teach at school if I am concerned about my health?

Healthy teachers, support staff and other teaching staff are in principle available to provide education at school. Discuss concerns with your employer and look for solutions together. In the conversation with your employer, it is assessed whether and how agreements can be reached about the precise details of the work. The AOb finds that staff with health problems or those who are very concerned should not be obliged to return to work in the classes. “A good solution must be found for these employees. For example, the option to continue to work from home via Zoom or Teams. ” If you get into a discussion about this, it is wise to visit the company doctor and if necessary Contact with the AOb to record

What about open days or trial lessons for students in group 8?

This may continue, but the distance rule must be observed between adults. The size of the school and the rooms determines how many people are allowed in that room. If parents come to an open day, they must keep their distance. If there is not enough space, schools may consider limiting or not allowing parents to come along. Also pay attention to the mouth cap obligation when moving. With a view to enforceability, this also applies to
eighth graders and their parents when they arrive at their new school.

The questions below are mainly aimed at working at school during corona.

Which safety requirements must secondary education meet with regard to corona?

At the beginning of September, VOION published an addition to the health and safety catalog, specifically aimed at corona. Employers must make an inventory of the contamination risks in schools and indicate how they are going to tackle them. There is one for this corona checklist added to the Arbo catalog. In addition, the trade unions and the employers' umbrella organization have in the summer, based on the RIVM guidelines, updated the corona protocol. The regulations marked in red in the protocol must be applied by schools in order to comply with government-established safety and hygiene measures. The non-marked recommendations are practical advice, which schools are allowed to implement themselves.
Also download our brochure: Covid-19 and safe working for secondary education.

During the breaks, the students do not keep enough distance from the staff. I am being asked for surveillance, but I am very concerned about my own safety

Employees who are concerned talk to their employer about any additional agreements. The basis for these 'additional agreements' are in any case the mandatory measures from the protocol and the Working Conditions Catalog vo. If one or more of the measures are not met, for example the one-and-a-half meter rule, the question arises whether you as an employee can be obliged to perform work in that circumstance. In principle, this can be an unsafe work situation and the employer must first ensure that work can be done safely.

Regarding the practical subjects, the corona protocol states that the teaching staff involved and the school management should consult each other when keeping a distance between pupil and teacher is not always possible. What does this mean?

If the school management and the teacher involved both agree, it is allowed to deviate from the XNUMX meter distance rule. Keeping your distance is not always possible in practical subjects such as technology, gym or handicrafts. Make agreements about this and see if adjustments are possible in giving instructions. AObdirector Henrik de Moel said about this that education staff should never be forced to deviate from the rule if they do not want to. Do you give gym? On the site of the Royal Society for Physical Education (KVLO), protocols for physical education can be found at secondary schools en VSO schools. 

Who pays for my mouth mask?

Wearing face masks is now mandatory in secondary schools. For the staff you can compare it with being obliged to wear a construction helmet in the construction industry. If wearing a face mask is prescribed by the employer as a personal health and safety measure, the costs of this 'protective equipment' will be borne by the employer, just like with the construction helmet in construction.

I am suddenly scheduled for more classes than usual. Is that allowed?

That depends on the space in your standard annual task. The maximum lesson task, usually 720 hours, may in principle not be exceeded unless you agree to this. Do you have doubts whether you are being used too much? Then take contact the AOb and send your membership number, the annual task and any changes.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

What agreements have been made for special secondary education (VSO)?

Students do not have to keep their distance from each other. However, they still have to keep their distance from the teaching staff. Teachers and support staff must also keep their distance from one another. Just like in secondary education, everyone is obliged to wear a mouth cap within the school. The mask can be taken off if you are in a fixed seat.

What are the agreements for special education (so) and special primary education (sbao)?

The basic principle is that schools provide as much physical education as possible. There is no need to keep a distance of one and a half meters between students and adults. The distance rule does apply to adults. Face masks are used where it is not always possible to keep a distance (such as in the hallways).

How is it arranged for residential education?

Schools at residential institutions will in principle remain open. This concerns schools
associated with open and closed youth care institutions and judicial juvenile institutions. It is especially important for these young people to have structure within their integral
day program, writes OCW. They therefore fall under the exception 'pupils in a vulnerable position'.

Am I obliged to work at school?

De AOb doesn't think so. AObdirector Jelmer Evers says about this: 'Our position is and remains that staff members should not be forced to physically work at school if they are concerned about their health. In the protocol we have established that staff members who 'cannot or do not want to work physically at school for good reasons' can be exempted from work at school. Consider, for example, people with family members who fall into a risk group. In consultation with the employer and employee, a different interpretation of the activities is considered. Staff members who are seriously concerned also discuss this with the employer. 'During that meeting, agreements are made about a different interpretation of the activities and / or additional safety measures.' Activities such as team meetings, study days, celebrations or parent evenings take place remotely in any case. The protocol says about this: 'School boards cannot oblige their staff to be present for other matters than teaching.'

 

MBO

From August 30, 2021, MBO students can come to the institution again without keeping their distance. The latest service document can be found at this link. 

What has been agreed for the new academic year 2021/2022?

Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced in mid-August that MBO will reopen from August 30. From that moment on, students are allowed to return to the institution without adhering to the distance rule. It makes normal education more possible again.

Will additional rules no longer apply from September 25, 2021?

On September 14, the cabinet announced that the additional rules, such as the use of a face mask, the group size of a maximum of 75 students and mandatory walking routes within the institution, will also be cancelled. Washing hands and sneezing into the elbow also still apply, as does the ventilation obligation. Furthermore, self-testing will continue to be encouraged.

Can internships/apprenticeships continue in MBO?

For internships, the rules that apply to the sector/sector in which the internship is performed. If those activities continue, the internship can also continue. also watch this page from the ministry for more questions about internships.

What about the self-tests?

Students and staff are urged to continue self-testing twice a week. You can request tests for free via this site. Sometimes institutions organize this themselves. If this is the case at your institution, you will receive the self-test through them. The use of self-tests is always voluntary. Check the questions about this on the website of the national government. 

The questions and answers below are more general in nature and / or aimed at working at school during corona.

Can my mbo institution withdraw my vacation?

You are entitled to thirty vacation days per year. Check your holiday scheme - if necessary request the scheme from the works council (or) - when these days have been set in the year. Subsequently, in very exceptional cases, your employer can withdraw the holiday leave with your permission. If, for example, you have to cancel a booked holiday, your employer must reimburse the costs.

Can I be obliged to work in the evenings?

Evening work is possible, but the Working Hours Act must be observed, as must the 40-hour working week (pro rata for part-timers). The CAO-MBO states that the employer can assign work a maximum of two evenings per week after consultation with the individual employee. Your employer must, however, take into account the working hours that have already been worked. If you agree, you can decide together with your employer to work more than two evenings a week.
If you are older than 55 or have been working for XNUMX years, there is no obligation to work evening work. Unless the organizational importance of your institution is more important. In times of this corona outbreak, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

HBO and WO

On August 30, students will be allowed to come back to colleges and universities without keeping their distance. View the latest service document at this link. 

What has been agreed for the 2021/2022 academic year?

Prime Minister Mark Rutte made announced in mid-August that higher education will reopen from August 30. From that moment on, students are allowed to return to the institution without adhering to the distance rule. It makes normal education more possible again.

Are there no more rules from August 30?

Schools can only let go of the distance rule between students and the students and teachers. However, other rules continue to apply: such as a maximum group size of 75 people in a lecture hall. Studies with many students must therefore still follow online lectures. Furthermore, everyone outside the classrooms wears a mask, schools have a ventilation obligation and mandatory walking routes are still necessary to limit contact as much as possible.

Is it mandatory for students and employees to use a self-test?

No, the use of the self-test is always voluntary and independent. The government does call on students and teachers to take a self-test twice a week. Taking a self-test is not conditional for the individual student or teacher for access to education. Students therefore do not need to submit proof of a negative test to gain access to the educational institution. Read more about self-testing on this page.

Are exams allowed in one room with more than 75 people?

From 20 September 2021 it will be allowed again to organize exams, tests and exams for groups of more than 75 students, as long as they can keep one and a half meters away from each other. This is reported by the ministry in the service document.

Can hbo internships continue?

For internships, the rules that apply to the sector / industry where the internship is conducted apply. If those activities continue, the internship can also continue.

What applies to research activities?

As now, research activities can only continue at the location of the institution if they are strictly location-bound.

The questions and answers below are more general in nature and / or aimed at working at school during corona.

My employer wants me to work on Saturdays. Is that allowed?

Your employer has agreed a working hours scheme with the employee participation council (mr) or the works council (or). This contains the times when the institution is open, when employees are deployed for work, breaks and other rest times. So check these regulations to see which times apply at your institution.

Due to an adjusted corona schedule, my employer requests me to work in the evening and / or weekends. Is this allowed?

Your employer may not automatically change the working hours to weekends or evenings on which you have other obligations. Your interests must be taken into account in this. In addition, there must be consultation and a change must be announced in time, so that you as an employee have time to look for a solution if you have other private obligations. Also see this article waarin AObsector manager Roelf van der Ploeg explains. The scope of this article also applies to university education.


QUICK TESTS

What has been agreed about self-testing in primary and secondary education?

Schools in the primary education receive self-tests from the ministry that they can use preventively for their employees. Educational staff who are seen as immune no longer need to participate in the preventive self-testing. In secondary (special) education, pupils and staff are advised to test themselves twice a week. Also in this sector, students and employees who are fully vaccinated as immune be seen, no longer having to test themselves.

What has been agreed about self-testing in MBO and higher education?

In these sectors, the government is encouraging voluntary self-testing policy. The cabinet asks students and employees to test themselves twice a week in the new academic year. Self-tests are available free of charge via: www.zelftestonderwijs.nl

Can I be required to take a quick test?

No. You are free to decide whether you want to take a quick test. Refusal may not lead to exclusion from activities or have negative consequences for the legal status.

How is my privacy guaranteed?

You are not obliged to share the results. Employees are asked to report a positive result to the school, so that the school can take measures to prevent an outbreak. Schools must treat this information confidentially. Infections of pupils and educational staff are not registered by the school at an individual level. The school will have to anonymously inform the students and other staff about the corona infection. The advice is to appoint a permanent contact person within the school to whom the test results will be passed on.


VACCINE

Can my employer oblige me to be vaccinated against corona?

No, in principle the employer cannot oblige this. That would be contrary to the right to physical integrity. An employer can submit the request to you. You ultimately decide for yourself and you can therefore refuse the request. In exceptional cases it could be asked of you. For example, when you work with very vulnerable students and / or colleagues and it is not possible for medical reasons to observe the precautions - one and a half meters away, mouth and nose masks, et cetera. In that case, it must first be checked whether you cannot perform the same activities in a different (digital) way, or whether you will (temporarily) receive other replacement activities. Also read this article about vaccination. 

Can I be fired if I don't want to get vaccinated?

In principle, this does not constitute grounds for dismissal in education. You can make the decision yourself whether or not to have yourself vaccinated, without any negative consequences for the legal status. In exceptional circumstances you may be asked to do so (see previous question).

What if I get corona and I did not want to be vaccinated. Can my employer withhold my wages?

The employer may not withhold wages if an employee reports sick and is infected with corona. Not even when the employee has made a conscious choice not to be vaccinated. This is only allowed if the illness was caused deliberately by the employee. According to the judge, this is not easily the case.

Am I obliged to tell my employer whether or not I have been vaccinated?

Whether or not someone has been vaccinated is special personal data within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In principle, any form of processing is prohibited. In principle, the employer may not ask about this and you do not have to tell them. In an employment relationship, the Dutch Data Protection Authority also indicates that due to the relationship of dependence it is also not possible to freely give permission for this. The assessment of the possible employability of an employee in relation to the vaccine is therefore reserved for the company doctor or occupational health and safety service.

 

DISTANCE EDUCATION & PRIVACY

When it comes to privacy: should I tell my employer that I am infected with corona?

No, you do not have to inform your employer about the nature and cause of your illness.
You can indicate to your employer that you further discuss the nature of your absenteeism with the company doctor. You can of course tell your employer voluntarily and this is not uncommon in a normal relationship. In principle, your employer may not record or share this information with others.

Can I be required to teach online?

When necessary, teachers and other employees can in principle be expected to participate in (forms of) online teaching. The school may, within the meaning of the GDPR, have a necessary interest that outweighs the (individual) interest in privacy.
In that case, it is therefore not necessary for the individual employee to consent to distance learning. This necessary importance for the school will often lie in ensuring that education continues as best as possible.

I don't feel comfortable with the idea that lessons can be recorded, what can I do?

The privacy-limiting measures that distance learning entail must be strictly necessary, proportional and effective. In addition, your employer must take technical and organizational measures to minimize the chance of possible dissemination of recordings and other data. For example, it is advisable that your employer agrees with students and parents that it is not allowed to make recordings of the education and that it is also not allowed to distribute these recordings (for example via social media).

Can I object to distance learning?

Under the GDPR, there is always a right to a specific individual objection. For example, there may be specific circumstances where the invasion of privacy is extra burdensome for you. In that case, it is wise to request the privacy regulations of the school / board from the data protection officer. In that objection, it is again tested whether the invasion of privacy, in this specific case, is justified. These regulations also include the measures mentioned as well as the considerations on the basis of which certain choices have been made, whereby the right to privacy must be explicitly included.

More information about privacy in schools 

Who pays for the costs of distance learning?

The school board is and remains responsible for the educational process, even if this is done remotely. The school board is also responsible for the costs. For example for staff who work extra hours, or for devices for distance learning for specific learners. In the first instance, boards can use their own funding and reserves for this.

MR and OR

How does the (m) mr co-decide on measures?

Adjustments made by schools in times of corona must be made in consultation between the board, the school management, the teachers and the mr.At, among other things, measures 'in the field of safety, health and welfare policy', the (g) mr has the right of consent.

Measures that specifically concern the safety of the personnel must be made with the consent of the p (g) mr. The (p) mr can also request advice from an external expert (for example GGD, Arbodienst or association). Even if the school applies sanctions for non-compliance with corona measures, those sanctions must at least be approved by the (g) mr.

I am concerned about my own safety, that of my colleagues and students. What can the mr do? 

  1. Share your concerns with your colleagues and school management. Discuss how you can create a safe educational place. Which agreements are possible? And which measures, for example regarding hygiene, ventilation and spreading groups of students over several rooms. If desired, ask for advice from a consultant of the AOb.
  2. Card at the mr. The mr has legal rights and the pmr represents the staff in consultation with the employer about the working conditions. The mr can promote dialogue between staff and managers and create the conditions for support and proper measures. For advice and support, the mr can contact the AOb.
  3. Report to the SZW Inspectorate (formerly the labor inspectorate). Does an employer fail to take measures prescribed in the Working Conditions Catalog, even after consultation with the mr? Then every employee, the mr or a trade union can make a report to the inspection. There is a separate report form for this. Reports by the mr or by a trade union are always dealt with. The Inspectorate may order work to be stopped if measures to prevent or limit the risk of contamination are seriously not taken.

Which points are even more important to pay attention to as a (g) mr?

  • Workload: how is excessive workload and a risk of failure prevented?
  • Stay-at-home students: children who belong to a risk group can be exempted from physical education. The school can choose to offer a form of distance education for these children. The school is currently not obliged to do this.
  • Exemption from work at school: colleagues who fall into the risk group or have family members who fall into this group can be exempted from work at school. This decision rests with the employee who will consult with the employer. The GMR can ensure that this is done carefully.
  • To test: how does the temporary priority policy work out for the teaching staff at your school?
  • How are educational backlogs made up and should the policy regarding testing and retention be adjusted?

On what grounds does the (r) mr have a right of advice or consent with regard to corona?

Many of the corona measures directly affect the structure of education. This concerns matters that are in the school plan, but are deviated from. According to the law, the mr still has the right of consent, corona does not set this position aside. However, mrs have to make faster decisions, because it is an emergency situation. That is why boards can expect full cooperation and diligence and it is wise as a mr to keep talking to the school management more often.

There are several rights of consent at issue. The (g) mr almost always agrees with the following subjects:

  • Measures that concern the health risks for the education staff, the staff section of the mr is in agreement with this.
  • Measures that concern the health of the pupils: the entire (g) mr agrees.
  • Decisions about rules that will apply to students: the student section of the mr must have the right of consent (student status)
  • Establishing sanctions for non-compliance with corona rules

Does the mr have a role in the curriculum and distance learning?

From a legal point of view, in most cases the mr has the right of consent with emergency measures, because these measures have a major impact on the way in which education is organized. The school has described this structure of education in the school plan, and an emergency plan usually means a deviation from it. This is an emergency situation, so that decisions usually have to be taken quickly. Therefore, full cooperation and diligence can be expected from the MR.

If it concerns joint measures for all schools under one school board, it is not up to the mr but the joint participation council (gmr) to act.

What are the specific points for attention for the (g) mr and the works council (or)?

  1. What measures are necessary because of the risks to the health of the teaching staff?
  2. Distance education: do we organize that ourselves as a school, or are there opportunities for collaboration with other schools?
  3. Do all students have sufficient access to a digital learning environment? Is it necessary for the school to organize facilities for this?
  4. Clear and timely information to parents and students. What measures are being taken, why, and for how long?

Are there other rules for the WC in times of crisis?

The Participation in Schools Act (Wms) and the Works Councils Act (Wor) do not have an emergency scenario with which the rights of a participation body are put aside. If the school board wants to make a decision, this must be submitted to the employee participation body. The normal advice and approval process is thus followed. When it comes to compliance with the rules in the field of working conditions and working and rest times of employees, we work together with a prevention officer and the Health and Safety Service. If adjustments are necessary due to the corona virus or if new measures are taken, consultation with the employee participation body is necessary.

Following the decision to reopen primary schools on February 8, the AOb a helping hand. Click here.

 

WORK & INCOME

Is my employer liable if I become infected with the corona virus while using public transport to work?

In principle, commuting does not fall under the employer's duty of care. This is because the employer has no say in the design and safety of public transport.

Can I hold my employer liable if I become infected with the corona virus while working?

Firstly, there must be demonstrable financial damage. In addition, it must be clear that you contracted the infection at work and that the employer has violated his duty of care, for example because of non-compliance with the regulations from the protocols. Certainly proving that the contamination has taken place at work will not be easy.
If you still see leads for this, for example due to witness statements or multiple infections, we recommend that you contact with the AOb to record.

Do I have to make up for hours if I cannot work because of the corona virus?

School boards cannot oblige you to make up for hours. In this case, not being able to work is force majeure and is in principle at the expense and risk of the employer by law.

What about my income in times of corona?

Your income situation depends on the type of contract and the nature of the employment relationship. If you fall under one of the education collective agreements and have a permanent contract, the school board must continue to pay you. It is more complicated with zero-hour contracts, min-max contracts, temporary employment contracts and if you are self-employed. We have listed for you what you are entitled to per contract. View that post via this link. 

Can the travel allowance be stopped if I work from home for a longer period of time?

Agreements on this have been included in the collective labor agreements for primary and secondary education. In primary education, employers are allowed to stop the allowance from the third week. In secondary education, the allowance can be reduced proportionally if more than one week has not been traveled to the workplace. However, the employers' umbrella organizations and unions advise the school boards not to give priority to withdrawing the travel allowance. After all, employees now also incur costs at home. In addition, there are tax rules of the Tax Authorities: employers may continue to pay the fixed travel allowance (which is available in primary and secondary education) for six weeks.
The collective labor agreements for mbo, hbo and wo do not contain hard rules about when the travel allowance should be discontinued. The agreements can differ per institution. However, the same tax rules apply as stated above.

What is my employer's responsibility?

Your employer is responsible for a safe and healthy workplace. This means that the risks of contamination must be identified and appropriate measures must then be taken to minimize the risk of contamination. Think of enough soap, tissues and extra cleaning of keyboards, door handles and telephones. The costs for these resources are borne by the employer. If your employer asks to buy resources himself, he must reimburse you for those costs.

I have unemployment benefits or WIA benefits, will it continue to be paid?

Your benefit will continue to be paid. See this message of the FNV for the most frequently asked questions about corona and benefits.

Could ongoing reintegration be delayed by the corona crisis?

The company doctor continues to provide analyzes and advice and the employer is obliged to carry out these as well as possible. The employer may not be able to implement a reintegration process for individual employees due to the corona virus. The employer must make a note of this in, for example, the action plan. For questions about reintegration, it is best to contact your employer and / or the company doctor.

SICKNESS & HEALTH

What do I do if rules from the protocol are not enforced or complied with?

The distance measure is not an informal advice, but a necessary measure to guarantee the safety of pupils, students and employees. Your employer is responsible for this on the basis of the Working Conditions Act. A good step is to raise the issue with colleagues and look for solutions. You can also report this to the school management or the board. They are responsible for compliance with the agreements made. Doesn't it help? Then contact the participation council. If that does not help, a report to the Education Inspectorate or contact the AOb the next step. We will see if our district managers or lawyers can help.

Can my employer oblige me to take a corona test?

No, your employer cannot make this mandatory. In principle, the employer may not infringe on physical integrity. This constitutional right may only be limited in exceptional cases, where there must be a legal basis (which does not yet exist) and the criteria of effectiveness, necessity and proportionality are met. For your safety - and the safety of your colleagues - there may of course be situations in which it is wise to cooperate with a corona test. Ultimately, this choice is a personal consideration.

I don't feel well, do I have to come to work?

Are you sick and are you unable to work? Then you report sick according to the normal rules. You don't have to work. The emphasis is on recovery and reintegration. The normal rules regarding continued payment of wages in the CLA apply in this case. The cause of illness (whether or not corona) does not matter.

What if there is a suspicion that an employee has the coronavirus but this has not been determined?

If there is a suspicion that an employee is infected with the corona virus, the employer may request the employee to stay at home or go home. This may be because the employee indicates that he / she has been in certain places or that he / she has been in contact with certain people. It is also possible that the employee has certain symptoms (fever, cold, cough). Under normal circumstances it is not customary for an employee to be at home, but under current circumstances this is possible to protect others. If the employee is not sick, but only needs to stay at home at the employer's request, the full wage must continue to be paid.

 

VENTILATION

What is the advice if the ventilation is insufficient?

Raise the problem or questions you have to your management and / or board. And if necessary at the mr. Schools had until October 1, 2020 to find out whether their buildings meet the standards for ventilation. If the school cannot solve the ventilation problem itself, the school management should report it as an urgent problem to a facility service or the board. The management or school board is obliged to ensure that there is sufficient ventilation and to realize extra ventilation where necessary. The costs should absolutely not be a reason to postpone necessary measures. The (g) mr has the right of consent for measures in the field of safety, health and welfare. 

What can I do myself to improve the ventilation in my room?

Regularly air the room for ten to fifteen minutes, for example by opening windows and doors against each other. At least do this during breaks and before, between and after school. You can also ask the management for a CO2 meter. The CO2 concentration is a good yardstick to know whether there is sufficient air exchange. What you should not do is use a fan or separate air conditioning. It RIVM advises to avoid systems where air recirculation takes place.

What about the role of aerosols in the spread of the coronavirus?

The RIVM writes that under certain circumstances contamination can take place via virus particles that can travel a greater distance in the small droplets (aerosols). This is the case in areas where there is little ventilation or where many people are together for a long time, such as classrooms. The RIVM asks for extra attention for this. The CO2 concentration is a good yardstick to check whether the ventilation is sufficient. Check the manual of the AOb for the basic education and the one for secondary vocational education and higher education. 

Where can I find information about ventilation?

De AOb has specially written a flyer about ventilation. Download the flyer for it foundational education. You can find the guideline for senior secondary vocational education and higher education via .

Are you a member of the AOb and do you have a question? You can then contact with our employees of the Information and Advice Center. You can also mail via: info@aob.nl

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