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Some Internet-based PWCS services will be disrupted today (October 24),
between approximately 5-6 p.m.
Parent Portal, Power Teacher, staff VPN and MyPortal remote access, will all be briefly unavailable. Email access from within the network, as well as in or outbound internet traffic will also be affected. Please plan you work accordingly.
Office of Benefits & Retirement Services

Your Future is Worth Saving For

Celebrate National Save for Retirement Week
October 19-25

Between work, home, and family, there are many demands competing for your time and money.
With so much going on, it’s easy to put off saving for a long-term goal like retirement. But consider this: Your retirement could last 20 years or longer and will likely be one of the largest expenses you’ll ever face. With proper planning now, you’ll be better positioned to enjoy it, any way you’d like.

National Save for Retirement Week is a great time to save for a very worthy goal: your financial future. And finding the money to save might be easier than you think. Consider these savvy savings tips:
  • Curb impulse purchases.
  •  When you make more, save more
  •  Make a plan
  •  Meet with your retirement plan representative
  •  Meet the match
    • PWCS's plan offers a matching employer contribution, be sure to save at least enough to get the full matching amount. If you don’t, it’s like leaving money on the table. 
To learn more about your retirement plan or how to boost your savings rate, contact your Lincoln Retirement Consultant or visit
·         Kathleen Fox: or 866-913-7195
·         Mike Knapp: or 703-824-1911
·         Ernest Massenberg: or 703-437-7793
·         Ana Rodriguez: Ana.Rodriguez@LFG.comor 571-358-0685
·         Steve Singer: or 703-680-4524.


The Office of Benefits & Retirement Services has scheduled a Retirement Seminar for Monday, November 10, at the Kelly Leadership Center, in conference room 1101, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The seminar is designed for employees who are considering retirement within the next two years. Valuable information will be presented by a representative from the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), a Lincoln Alliance retirement consultant, and the Office of Benefits & Retirement Services staff. Topics will include VRS retirement, retiree health insurance, Retirement Opportunity Program (ROP) and supplemental retirement benefits. Registration is now open to employees and their spouses. Please RSVP to and indicate your name, school/office and the number attending.
Same Sex Marriages Recognized

Effective October 6, 2014, the State of Virginia recognized same-sex marriage. The Prince William County Schools (PWCS), in compliance with the state, will offer benefits to the spouse of any employee to whom they are legally married.


PWCS requires documentation demonstrating all insured dependents meet eligibility criteria. Employees who are able to provide proof of same-sex marriage prior to October 6, 2014 will have 30 calendar days from October 6, 2014 (the qualifying event date) to submit enrollment forms and applicable documentation before coverage will become effective. Employees marrying after October 6, 2014 will have 30 days from the date of their marriage to submit the required forms and documentation. The required forms, a Midyear Benefit Change Form and Enrollment/Change Forms can be found in the Benefits section under Forms and Publications at

Virginia Retirement System - Member Benefit Profiles Available

The 2014 MBPs for Plan 1 and Plan 2 employees are now available in your myVRS accounts. The MBP is a valuable document that can help you plan for retirement, whether you were just hired or are thinking about retiring. To access your MBP, click on and login to myVRS. From your Account Home page, select the MBP link from the left column. From your MBP list, you may select your current statement as well as previous statements to view and print. Not registered? Register now.

All VRS employees can log in or register for myVRS at MBPs are currently not available for Hybrid Retirement Plan members. However, these employees can look up their current defined benefit and defined contribution account balances and other information through myVRS.

If you have any questions about the MBPs for your Plan 1 and Plan 2 employees, please call VRS toll-free at 1-888-VARETIR (1-888-827-3847) to speak with an employer advisor (select menu option 3). You can direct any questions about benefits for your Hybrid Retirement Plan employees to the Hybrid Retirement Plan Support Team at 1-855-291-2285.

Tuition Reimbursements for FY 2014-15

We are accepting requests for tuition reimbursements for FY 2014-15 for classes with end dates between July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 or tests taken between July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015. Going forward, we will be very strict with our regulation requriements:
  • Reimbursement requests must be submitted upon registration for a course and must include a course description and proof of payment for the approval process. WE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT PAPERWORK FOR COURSES AFTER THE END DATE OF THE COURSE.
  • Courses and tests must be within the current fiscal year (July 1 - June 15) for eligibility.
  • We must receive your grade of B or better within 45 days of completing your approved class.
  • You must continue employment with PWCS for a full 12 months following receipt of a reimbursement or pay back the school division 100 percent of your reimbursement.
For more information regarding all tuition reimbursement programs, including the NCLB Grant for provisionally licensed core-subject teachers and test reimbursements, please view the information the tuition reimbursement pages by using the link on the left.
6 out of 10 Americans are lost when it comes to saving for retirement. Are you one of them?

According to the most recent retirement study conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 56% of Americans don’t know how much they need to save for a comfortable retirement. If you are one of them, know that your Lincoln Financial Retirement Consultant is on hand to answer your questions and help manage your retirement plan.

Talk to your Retirement Consultant about the benefits of your employer-sponsored supplemental retirement plan. They can help you enroll in your plan, go over your investment options, name beneficiaries, or change your contribution rate. If you are approaching retirement, your Retirement Consultant can also help you understand how Social Security, your pension, and your retirement plan work together to provide you with income during your retirement.

We encourage you to directly contact the Lincoln Financial representative assigned to your school or location. Assignments and contact information may be found by clicking here. A retirement consultant is available at the Kelly Leadership Center by appointment on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Please contact Jill Argueta at or 703.791.8927 to schedule an appointment.  Our Spanish Language representative is available the first Wednesday each month as well.

New Anthem Live Online Health Service
We are pleased to provide you with information regarding the rollout of LiveHealth Online  effective July 1, 2014. LiveHealth Online is a convenient way for members to talk with and receive treatment from a physician at or on their Smartphone or tablet using the free app. It is secure, private, easy-to-use and affordable.

Members can have live, instant or planned visits with doctors seven days a week, 24 hours a day with the use of two-way video conferencing and instant messaging. The cost of this online visit is $49 total. Members pay their current PCP copay. The difference is charged to the group’s claim experience. This cost is much less than an urgent care visit or ER visit and even some doctor office visits.

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