There was another letter in my letterbox at school this morning from the Superintendent of Hiroshima Schools regarding leave for teachers this month during the school closures.
I haven’t included the document itself here, but in summary, special leave is available for three general cases.
First, if the teacher themself falls ill due to Corona virus, or experiences symptoms that may be related to Corona virus infection, like running a fever, they are excused from work. As usual this is all pending proof in the form of a doctor’s note.
Second, if a teacher’s family member becomes sick, that teacher may be excused to care for the sick relative, and out of precaution that they might already be infected given their close proximity to said family member.
Third, if, due to the school closures, young children who are at home require extra care, a teacher maybe excused for 5 to 10 days. Unfortunately, this does not cover the entire duration of the school closures. So, I guess the idea is that teachers with young children are simply expected to use their normal annual leave days in addition to these specially allotted Corona days to cover. Why teachers haven’t been given more time off during this period is an open question. We may very well get another backdated letter after a teacher gets sick… The cover-your-ass mentality alone is enough to make me want stay at home for the duration.