TRS Retirees Exception for Summer Substitute Work

May 05, 2021 • Amy Campbell

TRS Retirees Exception for Summer Substitute Work

To help districts address summer school teacher shortages, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) has adopted a temporary emergency rule expanding the definition of a substitute from June 2021 through August 2021.

The temporary rule change will allow a TRS service retiree to work longer than half-time and avoid surcharges over the summer as a substitute as long as:

  • The retiree’s employment is expected to end no later than August 31, 2021, and
  • The retiree is not paid more than the daily rate of pay for non-retirees in the same or similar positions.

TRS cautions retirees that the one-month break-in-service requirement remains, so retirees must sit out for one full calendar month after their effective retirement date to avoid revoking their retirement. TRS also cautions that the emergency rule interrupts the 12-month break-in-service requirement for employment after retirement, so retirees who want to return to work full-time after retirement still need to observe a full 12-month break before returning to work full-time.

For more information, check out the TRS guidance and FAQs.

Amy Campbell is director at TASB HR Services. Send Amy an email at

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