FAQs - School Employees

I am not eligible for benefits because I have an offer to return to work in school employment when the recess period ends. Is a school employee ever eligible during a recess period?

Yes, if the following conditions are met:

  • You have enough non-school wages in the base period to establish a valid claim.
  • You have made yourself available to work for your school employer or another school employer and that school employer has indicated that it may call you to work during the recess period.

For more information about school employee claims review the School Employee Claims section on this Web site.

I am not eligible for benefits because I have an offer from a school employer to return to work in school employment when the recess period ends. If my school employer notifies me during the recess period that I no longer have a job when the next term begins, am I eligible to receive benefits during the remainder of the recess period?

Yes, provided you meet all eligibility requirements. When you notify the Department that you no longer have a job, we will verify with the school employer that the offer of employment was withdrawn.

For more information about school employee claims review the School Employee Claims section on this Web site.

At the end of the school term, my school employer gave me a return to work date for the next school year. Before the term began, I was laid off because my position was eliminated. Am I eligible for retroactive benefits?

Yes, if you are a non-professional school employee, or school supportive employee, and meet all the following conditions:

  • Requested retroactive benefits no later than 30 days after the new school term begins.
  • Were laid off by the school employer.
  • Were not previously disqualified for benefits (other than reasonable assurance to return to work).
  • Certified for benefits during the recess period.
  • Met all eligibility requirements during the recess period.

For more information about school employee claims review the School Employee Claims section on this Web site.

If a school employer offers a substitute teacher work in the next school year or term as a substitute teacher but does not give a definite date to return to work, is the substitute teacher eligible for benefits during the recess period?

Generally, no. The school employer is not required to give substitute teachers a definite return to work date to establish that there is reasonable assurance to return to work.

If an individual has worked as a substitute teacher and the school employer offers substitute work during the next school year or term under the same general conditions and the individual accepts the offer, there is reasonable assurance the individual will return to work.

For more information about school employee claims review the School Employee Claims section on this Web site.

My last day of work before I filed a claim for benefits was at my part-time job for a non-school employer. In addition to the part-time job, I work for a school employer. A school employer has offered me work when the recess period ends. Am I eligible for benefits during the recess period?

You are not eligible to receive benefits based on your school wages during the recess period.

If there are enough non-school wages to establish a valid claim, you may be eligible for benefits based on these wages, if all other eligibility requirements are met.

For more information about school employee claims review the School Employee Claims section on this Web site.

If the offer of work I received from a school employer for the next year or term is contingent on sufficient enrollment, adequate funding or changes in the program, will I be eligible to receive benefits during the recess period regardless of my classification?

Yes, regardless of whether you are a professional, nonprofessional or school supportive employee (of a public or nonprofit school), if the offer of work is contingent on there being sufficient funding or enrollment, you would not be considered to have reasonable assurance for the next school year or term. You would be eligible for benefits provided you meet all other eligibility requirements.

For more information about school employee claims review the School Employee Claims section on this Web site.

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