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School Employees

Updated: Feb 10

EDD's FAQ for school employees directly copied and pasted from here.

Is a school employee eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits during a recess period?

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 are available to work for a school employer who has said they may call you to work during the recess period.

  • You do not have reasonable assurance to return to work after the recess period ends.

  • Your employment depends on enrollment, funding, or program changes.

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, 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.

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 benefits?


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:

  • 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).