National Partnership for Women & Families

Back-to-School Toolkit

Fall can be a challenging time for any working parent. Summer is over. Kids are headed back to school — and flu season is around the corner. When a child gets sick, many parents are filled with dread. But for parents whose jobs do not offer paid sick days, these fears are compounded by worries about how they will care for a sick child and make ends meet.

That’s why fall is also a good time of year to raise awareness about the need for a common sense paid sick days standard in this country. To make those conversations easier, below is a back-to-school toolkit, complete with a sample fact sheet, letters to the editor and elected officials, a set of discussion questions for parents and a survey to assess the impact of paid sick days on schools.

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