FAQ: Notice of Separation

Question: Question: What date should a teacher put down when they retire?

Advice: The Association prefers that employees indicate their separation date at their last physical work day with MCS. Typically, for most certificated positions, this is the last day of school (5/27/21 for this school year). ?


There are several reasons as to why the last physical work date should be identified as their separation date, specifically speaking a few are:

  • Benefits – benefit information, continuation/cancellation of benefits is based on the actual last day worked for the employees, not their contracted work year

  • STRS – in all cases the retirement date and separation date cannot be the same day. An employee must separate with MCS prior to retiring with STRS/PERS. Recently, many employees have indicated their separation date as 6/30/21 due to the information provided to certificated staff regarding the SERP. Unfortunately, many employees are now having to revise their separation date because they indicated their retirement date as 6/30/21 as well.

Payroll Notification

Payroll receives notification from STRS regarding each employee that has elected to retire and their desired retirement date. Payroll staff will notify the employee if their retirement date and separation date are the same and will advise them to change either their separation date with us or their retirement date with STRS.

Ultimately, it benefits the employee to separate from MCS on their actual last day worked to avoid any confusion or hang-ups in other areas when separating from employment. In the event that HR receives a Notice of Separation for a certificated employee and they have indicated a date other than the expected last physical work day (last day of school), HR generally will reach out to the employee to confirm the date.

Stanislaus Retired Teachers Association

Local Retirement Resource

Since 1952 retired Stanislaus County educators have joined together to enhance and protect the benefits of retired educators.

Division 38 now has over 900 members, encompassing all of Stanislaus County, which is located in the heart of the Central Valley.

MCS Insurance Contact

  • Telephone - (209) 574-1520

Thinking about Retiring?

If so, we highly recommend you meet with a retirement counselor 3-5 years prior to your anticipated retirement date to determine your unique set of retirement benefits.

State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS) has changed its sites for counselor appointments. To consult/schedule individual and group appointments with CTA members call 1-800-228-5453, ext. 3 with a CalSTRS representative.

CTA Office: 3900 Mitchell Road, Ceres, CA 95307


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