Retirement Systems

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: For a limited time, like other County offices, we are open but our office is closed. We are available by phone, email, fax or on the web

12015 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Suite 350
Fairfax, VA 22033

Jeff Weiler,
Executive Director

School Employee Members

School Employees



There are over 6,000 Fairfax County Public School employees who are members of the Fairfax County Employees’ Retirement System (FCERS).

  • Transportation (including bus drivers)

  • Food Service (scheduled work hours of 15+ per week)

  • Part-time teachers

  • Custodial

  • Trades and Maintenance

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A large portion of our school employees work part time. Please review the Part Time Employee video to find out more about how part time employment impacts your retirement.

School employee members of FCERS have a great retirement benefit called a Defined Benefit Retirement Plan (DBP).  A DBP provides a pension to eligible School employees that is payable based on certain age and service requirements.  Even if a School employee stops working for Fairfax County prior to retirement eligibility, they may be eligible for a Deferred Vested Benefit at age 65, as long as they worked for Fairfax County, and contributed into the Employees' Retirement System (FCERS) for at least five years, and left the money in the Retirement System upon termination.  For information on Retirement Benefits for which you may be eligible, please review the information found on our Active Employees' page. 

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If you prefer to hear the information rather than read about your benefits, consider attending one of the "Understanding Your Retirement" classes described in the Announcement block below. 

Clinic Room Aides, Public Health Nurses (who entered FCERS after 6/30/95), Crossing Guards, and School Aged Child Care (SACC) employees are members of FCERS who have all their benefits through the General County Human Resources department even though their places of employment are generally at the different Fairfax County schools in the area. Information on benefits for general county employees can be found at

Please Note: All full-time teachers and MOST full-time administrators in Fairfax County Public Schools are members of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) and the Educational Employees Retirement System for Fairfax County (ERFC). They are NOT members of the Employees’ Retirement System (FCERS), and the information for those employees is not covered on THIS website.

Most School employee members of FCERS have their health, dental and life insurance benefits as well as their deferred compensation benefits through the Fairfax County Public Schools System, with only their Retirement Benefits being paid from FCERS.

For more information on your benefits through the school system, please visit

Active Employee Retirement Handbook

Please take the time to review the FCERS Retirement Handbook  for Active Employees so you can fully understand the provisions of your Retirement System Defined Benefit Plan.

  • Employee and Employer Contributions
  • Eligibility for Benefits and Types of Benefits
  • Benefit Calculations and More.


ALL RETIREMENT CLASSES INCLUDE* basic information about the specific Retirement System being discussed, COLA provisions, contributions, benefit calculations, types of retirement, how to navigate the Retirement Systems website, how to use the individual Benefit Estimator, and more.  (#)

Once you understand how your retirement benefit is calculated, you will be able to calculate your own estimated benefit amount, using variable salary information and years of service, and make adjustments with regards to projected accumulated sick leave balances. Information will be provided to help employees understand the differences between Normal Retirement and DROP participation and things to consider when making your decision.

Some classes also provide: 

  • Information about School employee benefits in retirement (e.g. health, dental and life insurance) and how length of service can increase your health benefit subsidy (♦) 
  • Specific information related to the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP)  (►)

In the class list below, the "Content" column contains symbols that represent what topics are covered in each class.  Basic information - #; Other benefits - ♦; DROP ►

All classes listed below will take place in the Retirement Systems Building, in the Auditorium on the 1st floor, unless noted otherwise -- 12015 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033.

Please visit myPDE and search "Course Offerings" by using the key words "FCERS Retirement" and choose a specific class date and time, OR submit a completed Training Application by fax, mail or e-mail if you would like to be notified of the next scheduled Schools "Understanding Your Retirement" class.  If we have a class application from you, we will let you know when the next class dates are added.

Routinely we offer a winter and several spring classes for FCPS School employee members of FCERS.

Check back regularly to see what dates may have been added.

Class Name System Date and Time Details / Restrictions / Location Content



Understanding Your Retirement Benefit


Please Note:
 This class will PROBABLY be postponed

Check back here for updates


SCHOOL employee members of FCERS only

April 13, 2020

10:00pm - 12:30pm

Class size limited to first 90 enrollments

Retirement Systems Building
12015 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
1st Floor Auditorium, Fairfax, VA

Register through MyPDE using your FCPS username and password - search "Course Offerings" by using the key words "FCERS Retirement".

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