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Guidance for School Reopening

Frequently asked questions regarding the guidance for school reopening.

My student attends a school that is reopening in a “hybrid” model with some in-person learning at the school and some remote learning at home, do I qualify for unemployment benefits?  

Yes. If you are unable to work because you are the primary caregiver for a student attending a school that is reopening in a “hybrid” model with both in-person learning in the school and remote learning at the home, then you may be eligible for unemployment benefits under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Please file your claim as instructed here on the website and answer all questions and requests for information from the department.

My student attends a school district that is providing parents with the choice between in-person learning at the school full-time or remote learning at home full-time, do I qualify for unemployment benefits if I select the remote learning option?

No. If you are unable to work because you are the primary caregiver for a student attending a school providing the choice between in-person learning at the school full-time or remote learning at home full-time and you choose remote learning at home then you would not qualify for unemployment benefits as the school is open for students to be physically present. However, there may be other reasons related to the pandemic for which you may be eligible for unemployment benefits such as self-quarantining upon the advice of a health care provider due to either your own circumstances or the circumstances of a family or household member. Please review the questions on the weekly claim form to determine whether any of these scenarios are applicable. Please see FAQ ‘What are the New Weekly Claim Questions Required by the CARES Act’ on this website.

My student’s school district is going fully remote, do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

Yes. If you are unable to work because you are the primary caretaker for a student attending a school that is reopening with a full-time remote learning model then you may qualify for unemployment benefits under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. Please file your claim as instructed here on the website and answer all questions and requests for information from the department.