How snow days and retirement affect teachers

Snow days may cause problems for retiring teachers. Teachers are paid for these days when they occur, but they must be made up at a later date. These make-up days may force some teachers to work past their planned retirement date.

Separation of service means you are no longer “physically” performing work in the classroom. If you plan to retire June 1, but snow make-up days cause you to work June 1 or later, you are physically performing work in the classroom and are not eligible to retire until July 1.

Your first benefit payment would then fall in July. It would include a prorated payment back to the last day you were physically in the classroom.