National Partnership for Women & Families

Back-to-School Toolkit

Fall can be a challenging time for any working parent. Summer is over. Kids are back to school — and cold and flu season is around the corner. When a child gets sick, many parents are filled with dread. And with coronavirus and the Delta variant looming, it’s even more challenging. 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 updated research to help you understand why we need paid sick days, sample letters you can personalize to help make paid sick days a reality for everyone and a set of discussion questions for parents.

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