FAQs – School Employees

Yes, if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You have enough non-school wages in the base period to establish a valid claim. A base period is a specific 12-month term that we use to determine if you earned enough wages to establish an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim.
  • You do not have reasonable assurance to return to work after the recess period ends.
  • Your employment depends on enrollment, funding, or program changes.

Yes, you would be considered unemployed through no fault of your own. However, you must meet all other eligibility requirements. When you notify us that you no longer have a job, we will verify with your school employer that they withdrew the offer of employment. You may also be eligible to receive retroactive benefits, depending on the type of work you performed.

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

  • You requested retroactive benefits no later than 30 days after the new school term began.
  • You were laid off by the school employer.
  • You were not previously disqualified for benefits (other than reasonable assurance to return to work).
  • You certified for benefits during the recess period.
  • You met all eligibility requirements during the recess period.

A school employee works for a school employer.

A school-supportive employee does not work for a school employer, but works for a different employer that provides services to a school employer.

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

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

Based on your school wages, you are not eligible to receive benefits during the recess period because you were given reasonable assurance to return to work for a school employer for the next school year.

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

Yes. If the offer of work depends on sufficient funding or enrollment, you are not considered to have reasonable assurance for the next school year or term.

You are eligible for benefits as long as you meet all other eligibility requirements, whether you are a professional, nonprofessional, or school-supportive employee (of a public or nonprofit school).