Yes. It is a common misconception that you cannot contact your employee whilst they are off sick, however schools should stay in contact with their staff to check on their wellbeing and to see if there is anything they can do to support them and facilitate a return to work.
Should the sickness absence continue then schools will need to be in touch to manage the absence through their Sickness Absence Management policy, which may also include getting in touch to organise Occupational Health appointments with the employee. See:
S10a: Letter of invitation to Keeping in Touch meeting
S22: Sickness Absence Policy and Procedure – School
S22(MAT): Sickness Absence Policy and Procedure – MAT
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