PWCS Office of Benefits and Retirement Services

 

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

Concerned about your plans for the Holidays?

The holidays are a time for celebration and relaxation, but like so many other things they may be different for you and your loved ones this year. This "Grateful for Gratitude This Holiday Season" flyer (PDF) from our Employee Assistance Program, ComPsych Guidance Resources, offers tips and resources for getting the most out of this holiday season while also improving overall well-being. (Link requires login to PWCS Intranet)  ComPsych Guidance Resources services are available 24 hours a day/ 7 days per week and they can be reached at 1-844-880-6915 or the Guidance Resources website.

As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, the CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.

 

Visit Alex to Learn about your Benefits 

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Check out the PWCS Benefits Guide

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

 

Lincoln Financial Assistance

Need to speak with a Lincoln Financial Retirement Consultant? Click the link below to schedule a virtual appointment with your Lincoln RC 

 Virtual Lincoln RC Appointment Scheduler

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


Learn More about Aflac

Pam Byers the Aflac agent for PWCS is hosting open time for anyone to join virtually and ask any questions about Aflac.  This could include: general Aflac questions,  product specific, how to file claims, "what policies am I currently enrolled in?", etc.

This will begin November 30 from 2:30 - 5 p.m. and will be held each Monday through January 25. 

Log in to the WebEx virtual meeting anytime from 2:30 - 5 p.m. No advanced registration required. 

For more information about this event, please email Pam Byers (email link) or 703-587-5201


Retirement in your Peripheral Vision?

Retirement in your Peripheral Vision? Part 2

This second seminar will be held Monday, November 30, 2020 from 4 - 5 p.m. We will review retirement benefits available through Prince William County Schools. Topics covered will be:

  • Retiree Health
  • Sick Leave Conversion
  • Retirement Opportunity Program
  • Leave payout options

Lincoln Financial will be speaking as well. Please register online.

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

Recording: “Are You Ready to Retire?”

This is a full-length recording of the “Are You Ready to Retire?” presentation offered initially on Monday, November 9. Designed for VRS Plan 1 and Plan 2 members, it will discuss retirement eligibility, purchase of prior service, and benefit payout options. It will also review additional benefits, such as defined contribution plans, life insurance, and the health insurance credit program.

View the recorded Webinar.  You will need to enter your contact information to view.

If you have any questions, or you would like to set up an individual appointment to review your retirement information, please contact: Stephanie Barkalow with VRS.

 

 
 

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. Paperwork will not be accepted for courses that have already ended.
  • 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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