ESC-COG Substitute Staff | Coronavirus Q&A

The closure of districts and schools in response to COVID-19 has generated many questions. Here are some answers to the most asked questions..

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: The ESC-COG Substitute Employee Handbook states that to renew as a substitute teacher you must have also accepted at least 10 assignments in addition to completing the annual application JobID 180. Will that be adjusted?

A: Yes. We will extend the one time waiver eligibility for renewal. However, if you have not worked and been paid by the ESC-COG within a 12-month period, you will need to update your fiscal eForms (tax withholding and direct deposit authorization).


Q: Is there going to be any unemployment insurance benefit eligibility for substitute staff?

A: The ESC-COG Substitute Employee Handbook outlines the criteria for unemployment insurance benefit eligibility in the Ohio Revised Code. See here for additional information regarding Ohio unemployment insurance benefits and the coronavirus.

Q: I understand that substitutes are not eligible to file for unemployment insurance employment benefits during summer recess, spring break, or holiday recesses. However, given that schools are closed through the end of the school year as a direct response to the coronavirus, does that affect the unemployment insurance benefits eligibility criteria?

A: Every individual that wishes to file an unemployment claim must first qualify. Individuals who are totally or partially unemployed must be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Must have an average wage of $269 per week;
  • Must have at least 20 qualifying weeks of covered employment within the base period for any number of employers in the past 18 months.

Ohio has two ways to file an application for unemployment insurance benefits:

  • Online: File online at  http://unemployment.ohio.gov24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Service may be limited during nightly system updating. Check the website for available services. Please be sure to follow the instructions.  
  • Telephone: Call toll-free 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408, (excluding holidays) Monday through Friday 8 AM - 5 PM.