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Welcome to the Office of Retirement

The Office of Retirement manages employee contributions to the Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS).

As a PSERS member, you’ll join with over a half million fellow public school employees who are also members. You’ll contribute to your own personal PSERS retirement account and profit from having a safe, secure, and guaranteed benefit payment(s) from one of the largest public pension plans in the nation. PSERS can be contacted at 888-773-7748.

Leaving Employment

Providing Notice of Intent to Retire or Resign

When you are planning to separate from the School District of Philadelphia, you must submit a signed Retirement and Resignation Form to the Retirement Department. The form is available in person or on our forms page . Forms can be submitted in-person, by US Mail, by Fax to (215) 400-4681 or scanned and emailed to  Please keep your fax confirmation page or email as proof of submission. Call our offices at (215) 400-4680 to confirm receipt of mailed copies.

Retirement Office
440 N. Broad Street, Suite G-8
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Using this form ensures that your information is correctly reported to all impacted parties.  Pennsylvania School code requires all professional employees (those with certifications) to provide 60 calendar days notice of their intent to separate.  Failure to provide notice 60 days in advance may prohibit any future employment through the School District and result in forfeiture of compensation from any unused leave balance (termination pay).  Please read below for more information.

2017-2018 School Year Calendar

The 2017-2018 academic school year began earlier than in past years. As a result, the last work day and last paid (contract) day will be earlier in June 2018. For 10-month employees, based on the position, the last paid (contract) day for 2017-2018 year-end separations are:

PFT / School Police / 1201 Friday, June 15, 2018
CASA Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Student Climate Staff Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Food Service Workers Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Effective Date of Retirement/Resignations 

Provisions 1101 and 1121 of the Public School Code require professional employees to provide written notice of sixty (60) days before resignation/retirement becomes effective.  If you provide less than 60 days notice, this may prohibit any future employment through the School District and result in forfeiture of compensation from any unused leave balance (termination pay).

How long does it take to process Retirement Benefit*?

* This information is shared from PSERS Website.

PSERS processes most retirement benefits within 4 to 6 weeks after they receive all of the following information:

  • Your properly completed application
  • Date of termination
  • Your last salary and service reported by the School District.

IMPORTANT: If you terminate employment in June and receive your balance of contract payments in July or August, you will likely receive your first retirement benefit payment in October.


Last modified: July 16, 2018