Q) I currently work for a school as an hourly employee. School closes for 2 months in the summer and I do not get paid, am I eligible for unemployment?
A) Yes, You are eligible for unemployment benefits during your 2 months summer brake without employment.
I am not eligible for benefits because I have an offer to return to work in school employment when the recess period ends. Is a school employee ever eligible during a recess period?
Yes, if the following conditions are met:
You have enough non-school wages in the base period to establish a valid claim.
You have made yourself available to work for your school employer or another school employer and that school employer has indicated that it may call you to work during the recess period. http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/ui/content/school_employee.html