PWCS Office of Benefits and Retirement Services  

Flu Shots!

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Beat the flu bug and come and get your FREE flu shot! PWCS is offering free flu shots to all employees, with valid PWCS ID, at the following locations and times. Registration is required, walk-ins will not be allowed. All employees must wear a mask during the flu clinic. If you have had symptoms of COVID-19 or been potentially exposed to COVID-19 in the two weeks prior to the clinic, please do not register to receive the shot. Check back here for upcoming future dates/times/locations. 

Register by Friday 10/16/2020 at 1 p.m. for these upcoming dates!

Register by Friday 10/23/2020 at 1 p.m. for these upcoming dates!


Welcome 2020-21 New Hires!!

Visit Alex to Learn about your Benefits Check out the PWCS Benefits Guide

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Log into PWCS Employee Self Service when you are ready to Enroll in Benefits!


October is National Retirement Security Month!

Retirement in your Peripheral Vision?

This year, the Office of Benefits & Retirement Services will be hosting our annual retirement seminar a little bit differently! Typically, we cover all the information regarding retirement in one night; however, this year we will be hosting two separate webinars:

  • Your Virginia Retirement System Benefits
  • Benefits available to you through PWCS and Lincoln Financial

The first seminar, “What are my Virginia Retirement System Benefits?” will be held Monday, November 9, 2020 from 4 - 5 pm.  Virginia Retirement System specialist, Stephanie Barkalow, will discuss all the benefits of VRS retirement. Topics covered will be

  • plan types
  • retirement eligibility
  • payout option
  • life insurance and
  • health insurance credits (HIC)

Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4284336528052850702

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For more information please contact Kristin Brittigan in the Office of Benefits and Retirement Service at brittika@pwcs.edu


Lincoln Financial Assistance

Need to speak with a Lincoln Financial Retirement Consultant? Click the link below to schedule a virtual appointment while PWCS schools, offices and facilities are closed!

 Virtual Lincoln RC Appointment Scheduler

Find the name of the Lincoln RC assigned to your work location


Need Help to Understand Your VRS Hybrid Plan?

Visit the VRS Hybrid Learning Channel to watch videos to learn more about the VRS Hybrid plan

Learn how VRS Hybrid members can maximize their benefits through voluntary contributions and watch a tutorial to navigate the DCP Account Access website

Dive Into Your VRS Plan With Virtual Member Education

It’s never too early or too late to start learning more about your VRS plan and benefits. This year, VRS is expanding its offering of online retirement workshops, with both live and recorded webinars that you can access anywhere you have an internet connection.

One topic relevant to all VRS members is retirement security. In conjunction with National Retirement Security Month in October, VRS will host live sessions of two of its most popular webinars: Are You Ready to Retire? on October 20 and Benefit Payout Options on October 22. Register for a session to determine if you are on target to reach your retirement goals and to see which benefit payout option works best for you.

MyVRS Financial Wellness - Powered By Enrich

What does Financial Wellness mean to you?  While everyone might answer that question differently, most of us can agree that being financially well allows us to successfully manage our money, make wise financial decisions and reach our future goals.  With the right tools, taking that first step towards improving your own financial wellness can turn stressful situations into challenges you relish.  MyVRS Financial Wellness - Powered by Enrich was made for YOU.  Open to all VRS members, you can use this program to start your journey to being financially well today  and prepare for a future retirement that exceeds your imagination! Click the link above, log in with your MyVRS information and take your first steps towards a brighter financial future.

Member Benefit Profiles (MBPs) Now Available in MyVRS 

The 2020 Member Benefit Profiles (MBP) are now available in myVRS. Your MBP provides Account balance information, retirement eligibility and eligibility for other benefits, such as Group life insurance and the health insurance credit. MyVRS requires login.  Click New User if you have never registered before.

This year, MBPs sport a fresh design to streamline access to key information about your  account and projected VRS benefit. Once you log into your myVRS account, select Annual  Statements under My History in the top navigation bar. The MBP is your annual benefit  statement based on information your employer reported to VRS as of June 30.


 

Visit the COVID-19 Resources page for assistance with all of your concerns and questions.

Flex Plan Extension Details (PDF)

Keep Calm and Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Even in times of crisis, the unscrupulous find opportunities for exploitation. Visit this  Federal Trade Commission infographic (PDF) for advice on protecting yourself. 

From time to time, VRS receives reports from members and employers that various companies or groups have contacted them via email or phone to offer retirement counseling services or insurance products.  

Visit our COVID-19 Resources page at the link above for more information on protecting yourself from scammers, or visit the VRS Security Center

 

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Click here to visit PWCS Alex Home page for the interactive Benefits Information and Orientation site.  Alex will take you on a journey through all of the PWCS benefits options and help you to choose the best benefits to meet your own individual needs. Alex covers health, dental and vision insurances, flexible spending account options and explains the Virginia Retirement System and our supplemental retirement plans with Lincoln Financial. You do not ENROLL through Alex. Upon completion, Alex will direct you to the PWCS Employee Self Service page (ESS) to complete your enrollment! 

 

 

Try PerkSpot, the PWCS Employee Discount Program, and enjoy savings every day!

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PWCS welcomes you to Perkspot - our  Employee Discount Program. This program provides both local and national discounts. Start by Signing up or logging in at PWCS.Perkspot.com. Exclusive discounts from your favorite brands.

 

 

 

Tuition Reimbursement

Taking a Fall Class? Planning a spring semester class? 

The PWCS Tuition Reimbursement Program may be able to help you.

Please visit the PWCS Tuition Reimbursement Page for information on the program.

 

Key points to remember to make sure you receive the correct reimbursement:

  • You must submit your request at the beginning of your class, as soon after registration as possible.
  • Your course must be taken at an accredited university for university credits to be eligible.
  • Courses ending July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 will fall under the 2020-21 fiscal year.
  • You must submit ALL paperwork for approval - Form, Course Description and Proof of Payment. 
  • You must be a current active PWCS employee at the time of your class.
  • You must be a current active PWCS employee when you take a test.
  • You must submit your request BEFORE your course ends.

For any questions regarding the PWCS Tuition Reimbursement Program, please contact Jill Argueta at arguetjd@pwcs.edu.

 

Employee Assistance


 

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Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) understands the  demands and pressures associated with balancing work and personal life can be overwhelming. PWCS wants to be certain our employees are provided with the best possible support and services. ComPsych provides an Employee Assistance Program and work/life balance services for our employees and their immediate family members.

ComPsych Guidance Resources Brochure (English PDF)

ComPsych Guidance Resources Brochure (Spanish PDF)

We all need a support network from time to time. Your GuidanceResources program can help sort it out.  The program is provided free of charge and offers someone to talk to and resources to consult whenever and wherever you need them, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Call us today for confidential help.
Call 844.880.6915  TDD: 800.697.0353 

Register on the Guidance Resources website using Web ID PWCS. You can download the Guidance Resources app by clicking below.

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