Disability RetirementFor employees unable to continue working due to illness or injury.Classified employees are eligible for disability income protection under the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). To qualify, individuals must have a disabling injury/illness that prevents the performance of the individuals’ typical job duties.Certificated employees are eligible for disability income protection under the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). To qualify, individuals must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that is permanent, or expected to last at least 12 continuous months, and that prevents the performance of the individuals’ typical job or comparable duties. (Comparable duties are those for which individuals can become qualified within a reasonable period of time with education, training, or experience.)
Further Information for Classified Employees
CalPERS offers two disability benefits programs; Disability Retirement and Industrial Disability Retirement. The Industrial Disability Retirement program is reserved for school police officers only.
Qualified members receive a monthly retirement allowance for life or until recovery.
For further details, visit the CalPERS website.
Further Information for Certificated Employees
CalSTRS offers two disability benefits programs; Disability Allowance (Coverage A) and Disability Retirement (Coverage B). Coverage A is reserved for individuals who became CalSTRS members on or before October 15, 1992.
Qualified members receive disability benefits until recovery.
For further details, contact CalSTRS (contact information is provided at the top of this page).
If you are 55 or older and have 25 years or more of service credit, it is especially important that you consult with a CalSTRS benefit counselor.
CalSTRS may require members to request reasonable accommodations from the District as a condition for receiving disability benefits. The District’s Reasonable Accommodations program may be able to provide work environment adjustments to enable continuous work while ill or injured. Further information may be found at the Reasonable Accomodations website.
Members under Coverage A are considered "disabled" and may continue to receive service credit. Members will receive disability allowance for the length of the disability or until age 60. Disability allowances will terminate at age 60 and members will then be eligible to apply for Service Retirement (Coverage B).
Members under Coverage B are considered "retired" and do not continue to receive service credit. Members will receive disability benefits for the length of the disability regardless of age. Should members recover from their illness/injury, members will return to full-time employment, disability benefits will terminate, and status will revert back to "active".