Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. When will I receive my Employee ID, email address and laptop?
  2. How do I transfer sick leave to the District?
  3. When will I receive my first paycheck?
  4. When is my start date?
  5. How do I receive Master’s Degree pay?
  6. Where can I get Verification of Experience Forms?
  7. How much will I get paid?
  8. When will my health benefits begin?
  9. How much Sick and Vacation leave do I accrue per year?
  10. How long must I work before I become eligible for retirement benefits?

1. When will I receive my Employee ID, email address and laptop?

  • An Employee Number will be assigned after you have completed the pre-employment orientation, and a start date has been entered by the school.
  • Once this process is complete, please call the secretary at your school.

2. How do I transfer sick leave to the District?

  • Once you have notified your previous employer, they will need to send sick leave transfer documentation to our Payroll Department.
  • You may call the Payroll Department at 547-7654 for additional instructions.

3. When will I receive my first paycheck?

  • Most employees are paid on the 15th and last day of each month for a total of 24 pay periods per year. However, some instructional employees opt to get paid 20 pay periods per year (no pay during the summer months).
  • Refer to the pay calendar that was provided to you during employment set-up for further clarification.
  • You may also call your school or department secretary for this information.

4. When is my start date?

  • The school or department secretary provides the start date.

5. How do I receive Master’s Degree pay?

  • Florida Statues Section 1012-22 (as applied to degrees held in an area of certification) hold that an employee who was hired on or after July 1, 2011 will receive a $2,000 supplement for any education beyond a Bachelor’s degree. However, your pay level will only reflect the Bachelor’s degree REGARDLESS of whether you have earned a Master’s degree or above.
  • This $2,000 supplemental pay is prorated if an employee starts this employment after the beginning of their school year.

6. Where can I get Verification of Experience Forms?


7. How much will I get paid?

  • Your hourly pay rate and/or annual salary will be set once all completed Verification of Experience forms have been received and approved by your personnel specialist.
  • Please refer to the Collective Bargaining Agreements which can be found at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us under the “Policies” tab.
  • Non-Instructional Employees are covered under the SJESPA Agreement and Instructional Employees are covered under the SJEA Agreement.

8. When will my health benefits begin?

  • Health benefits become effective the first day of the month after the first full month worked. Example: If your first day of work is August 5, your health benefits will begin on October 1.
  • You may contact the Benefits Department at 547-7610 for additional information.

9. How much Sick and Vacation leave do I accrue per year?

  • Ten (10) month employees accrue 10 sick days per year. Of these 10 sick days, 2 days may be used for emergency leave and 6 days may be used for personal leave per school year.
  • Ten (10) month employees (whether instructional or non-instructional) are not eligible for vacation leave.
  • Only twelve (12) month employees can receive 12 vacation days per year.
  • Twelve (12) month employees earn 12 sick leave days per year.

Vacation days accrue at a higher rate the longer you stay employed with the school district.
1 to 4 years = 1 day per month
5 to 9 years = 1.25 days per month
10 years + = 1.5 days per month


10. How long must I work before I become eligible for retirement benefits?

  • If you begin work on or after July 1, 2011, you will become eligible for the Pension Plan in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) after 8 years of creditable service.

In addition, we encourage you to consider and enroll in individual tax-sheltered annuity investment plans which may help you build a stronger financial future. Information on these plans can be found at www.tsacg.com. When you get into the website, type: St. Johns County School District in the search box (upper right side).