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School Closures & UC Benefits FAQs​

Updated January 13, 2021

Additional information is available for Employers on our Employer and Labor Law Compliance FAQ pages.

For Parents

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I have had to reduce my hours or leave my job to care for my child whose school or childcare provider has closed or is unavailable due to COVID-19. Am I eligible for any benefits?

My child's school or childcare provider has moved to online instruction or to another model in which children are expected or required to complete assignments at home. Is it "closed"?

My child's school district is offering the option of in-person learning at school or virtual learning. I am not comfortable sending my child back to school. Am I eligible for PUA? 

My employer will let me work from home with pay. However, because my children are out of school and my spouse is working, I need to care for them and it is too difficult to work from home. Do I qualify for PUA?

If I am or become unable to telework because my child's school, place of care, or childcare provider is closed for all or some school days, am I entitled to PUA?



For School Employees

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The school where I work is closed or has an altered schedule due to COVID-19. Does this change the reasonable assurance provisions of the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation (UC) Law?

I was laid off because the school where I work has been closed or has an altered schedule due to COVID-19. Am I eligible for UC?

My hours have been reduced because the school where I am employed has altered its operating schedule due to COVID-19. Am I eligible for UC?

​I am an employee at an educational institution on a ten-month contract. Am I eligible for UC when school is not in session due to a regularly scheduled holiday break or vacation period?