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

 

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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 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hr/.

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 https://www.fcps.edu/careers/salary-and-benefits.

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.

 

SCHOOLS - The Road to Retirement, for School Employee members of FCERS --

This class provides thorough information about the County's Defined Benefit Plan along with information about . . . 

This class is open to ALL members of the Employees' Retirement System, including FCERS School employee members
RtR classes are offered on the 1st Tuesday of every OTHER month from 10:00am - 11:30am. (February, April, June, August, October, and December).  90 minutes

To register for this class, please send an email to retirementcommunications@fairfaxcounty.gov with your requested class date.  Make SURE to provide your full name and the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number - do NOT provide your employee number

SCHOOLS - Understanding Your Retirement Benefit as You Prepare for Retirement, for School Employee members of FCERS  --

This 2.5-hour class provides a comprehensive 80-minute Defined Benefit Retirement Plan overview, followed by a 1-hour Benefits presentation, with time for questions after. This class is offered every January/February and April on a Teacher Workday, as well as another 1-2 days in the late afternoon/evening in Spring, to accommodate a variety of schedules.  Please check the Class Schedule, looking towards the bottom of the page for specific Schools Class dates.  Then register through myPLT, using your FCPS username and password -- Search "Course Offerings" by using the key words "FCERS Retirement".

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