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School Closures & UC Benefits FAQs​

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For Parents

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

What is considered a "place of care"?

My child's school or place of care 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 child's school, place of care, or childcare facility has closed or is opened for only some days because of COVID-19 and I must reduce my hours at work or leave my job because I am the primary caregiver. Should I file for PUA or paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave?

Can I use paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave and file for PUA at the same time?

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 paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave?

If my child's school, place of care, or childcare provider is closed for some but not all days, may I take my paid sick leave expanded family and medical leave intermittently while working or teleworking?

Can more than one guardian take paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave simultaneously to care for my child whose school or place of care is closed, or childcare provider is unavailable, due to COVID-19 related reasons?

May I take paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave to care for my child who is 18 years old or older?

What do I do if my employer, whom I believe to be covered by the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, refuses to provide me expanded family and medical leave to care for my child whose school or place of care has closed, or whose child care provider is unavailable, for COVID-19 related reasons?



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?