Brief Absences


A brief or short leave of absence from school for various circumstances and situations may arise throughout the school year, for example, for reasons of bereavement, force majeure, testifying as a witness in court etc. Such absences can be paid or unpaid / substitutable or non-substitutable.

For further information on brief/short-term absences, please see the relevant circular below:

How to Apply

Teachers/special needs assistants must apply in writing directly to their current employer (i.e. Board of Management/ Manager/ Education and Training Board). Sufficient notice must be provided in accordance with the relevant circular.

Important Note

It is recognised that schools will continue to require additional substitute cover in the 2021/22 school year to assist in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.   Primary teachers should refer to Information Note TC 0018/2021 for further information. SNAs should refer to Information Note TC 0019/2021 for further information.