School Strike and Closing Guidance
The University has many faculty and staff with school-age children. When a school district closes or is on strike, it could have an extensive impact on your family, and alternate care arrangements may be needed. Learn about the variety of resources Penn offers to support you in these kinds of situations.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-888-321-4433, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, confidential counseling and referral services for personal and professional life issues, including tips for talking to your school-aged children about change.
Worklife Resources provides free, confidential online and phone information and support for your everyday needs—from childcare solutions to parenting help to education concerns. Assistance is available all day, every day by phone at 1-888-321-4433 or online.
Flexible Work Options
When a school is on strike, flexible work options could be a helpful short-term solution. Penn offers guidance on setting up flexible work arrangements that can help you balance your needs at work and at home.
It can be stressful when you need to find childcare arrangements at the last minute. Penn's backup care program can support you when there's an unexpected dependent care need. Please note: When many families are affected by the same issue (such as a school closing or strike), backup care may not be able to support all needs. Service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Paid Time Off
Given the unpredictable nature of school closures and strikes, Penn's Paid Time Off policy may be an immediate and effective solution to help manage your dependent care challenges.