Additional relief funding

Additional relief funding

State and state-integrated schools and kura can apply for this funding when they have employed a reliever to cover a staff member's absence under the COVID-19 Protection Framework isolation requirements. This applies to all traffic light settings and when isolation requirements result in a staff member being absent and unable to work from home. This funding is available for Term 1 and Term 2 2022.  

For teachers: Conditions and how to apply

This funding is additional to the relief teacher funding received in a kura or school's operational funding. 

Relief teacher funding

The intention is to help with the costs of hiring a reliever employed to cover a teacher's absence for COVID-19 related reasons under the COVID-19 Protection Framework isolation requirements. 

The staff member must be on leave and a reliever employed for this Additional Relief Teacher Funding to be processed.

Conditions that must be met to claim Additional Relief Teacher Funding for COVID-19 reasons

  • A board must cover the first four days of the teacher’s COVID-19 related absence in 2022. If a teacher’s absence was eligible for Additional Relief Teacher Funding for other reasons in 2022, those days are taken into account. A change of reason for absence does not restart the eight- day rule for general Additional Relief Teacher Fund claims or the four - day rule for COVID-19-related Additional Relief Teacher Fund claims. 
  • The school or kura hired a reliever to cover a teacher who is on leave due to requirements of Public Health Authorities because they are:
    • confirmed as an infectious COVID-19 case or
    • required to care for a person dependent on them for care, as a result of a COVID-19 diagnosis, or in COVID-19 isolation, or
    • required to self-isolate due to public health advice, such as being in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19 and is unable to work from home.

Recording the teacher's leave

For COVID-19 related absences, we process Additional Relief Teacher Funding claims when the teacher’s absence is recorded as one of the leave types below. Click on the managing staff leave page below for further descriptions of these leave types.

  • Sick leave
  • Dependent sick leave
  • Disregarded sick leave. Schools can make a claim to the Ministry to recode a teacher’s sick leave to disregarded sick leave when they are away for certain COVID-19 reasons. 
  • Discretionary leave. Schools could offer this when a teacher has run out of sick leave.

How to claim

This fund is only available for the days a reliever has been hired to cover the leave of a teacher absent and not working from home, for isolation reasons under the COVID-19 protection framework.

Where a board has covered the costs of a reliever for the first four days of leave due to a COVID-19 absence, a claim can be made using the ERS Additional Relief Teacher Funding Claim Process.

In the claim process, please tick the COVID-19 box to indicate that this is a COVID-19 claim. We advise that schools keep any supporting documentation regarding their claims as these will be required for auditing purposes and may be requested as part of assessing the claim.

Options for when the Additional Relief Teacher Funding for COVID-19 reasons does not apply

The regular Additional Relief Teacher Fund can be claimed for reasons that may include absences for ongoing illnesses. When a teacher is away with on-going COVID-19 symptoms, or diagnosed with long COVID,  an application may be possible under the sick leave requirements of the Additional Relief Teacher Fund.

When leave has not been taken, for example a teacher or principal is working from home, the Additional Relief Teacher Fund will not apply.  If you have incurred reliever costs in this situation and it is impacting on your school’s finances, you could contact your local School Financial Advisor to work through possible options.

For non-teaching staff: Conditions and how to apply

This funding supports the cost of relief employed to cover a non-teaching staff member's absence for COVID-19 related reasons under the COVID-19 Protection Framework isolation requirements.

We fund from the first day of absence for non-teaching staff.

If a staff member is working from home, we do not anticipate they would be on leave.

If a reliever has not been employed, we do not anticipate there would be reliever costs.

Conditions that must be met to claim Additional Relief Funding for COVID-19 reasons

A staff member’s absence is being covered by a reliever because they are:

  • confirmed as a positive COVID-19 case
  • required to care for a person dependent on them for care, as a result of a COVID-19 diagnosis, or in COVID-19 isolation
  • required to self-isolate due to public health advice, such as being in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19 and is unable to work from home.

How to claim 

Claims for relief funding for non-teaching COVID-19 staff absences can be made by:

  • completing the form below: COVID-19 additional relief funding Non-teaching Staff Claim Form, and
  • emailing it to resourcing@education.govt.nz.

 

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Additional relief funding
COVID-19 additional relief funding – Non-teaching Staff
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Amount you will receive

Teachers

The amount received is calculated using the Additional relief teacher funding formula.

Non-teaching staff

For non-teaching staff, the daily reimbursement rate is $201.02 (incl GST), and the maximum weekly reimbursement rate is $1,005.10 (incl GST).  This has been calculated based upon:

  • the current minimum hourly pay rate specified in the Support Staff in Schools Collective Agreement (2019-2022) of $21.78
  • an assumption that non-teaching staff are employed 40 hours per week – that is, 8 hours per day, for 5 days
  • the addition of ACC, at the current rate of 0.0032% for schools, and GST of 15% to the rate. 

For part-time staff, funding is calculated in proportion to their part-time employed hours and paid in equivalent full-time hours.