Desert Sands's Payroll Information

Payroll Information


All regular employees are paid once a month, on the last working day of the month, and are paid to date. In other words, you are being paid through the last day of the month when you receive your check.

Extra duty, overtime, and substituting in a different position are recorded monthly from the 1st through the 31st on a "Monthly Employee's Extra Duty & Overtime Sheet" and paid on the last working day of the following month. Timesheets are due to payroll 5 working days after the end of the month.


Sick Leave, Vacation (if applicable), and Personal Necessity Leave are advanced on your pay warrant stub through June 30.

Adjustments to Sick Leave, Vacation, and Personal Necessity Leave are posted on your pay stub through the 15th of each month.


Classified employees are considered probationary during the first six months of employment in a new job classification. While you are on probation:

  1. Up to 6 days of Sick Leave will be reflected on your pay stub.
  2. If you are absent beyond the 6 days of your probationary status, the time will be deducted from your pay warrant.
  3. Vacation is not advanced until after the probationary time period. The balance of your earned sick leave will be posted after the completed probation as well.
  4. Less than 12-month employees will be deducted for school recess (Winter Break, Spring Break, and Thanksgiving)


Classified Bargaining Unit Employees pay into:

  • American Fidelity - .94% of gross salary, deducted monthly
    American Fidelity is your Disability Insurance
  • California School Employees Association - 1.5% of gross salary, state dues deducted monthly (annual maximum of $472.50)
    CSEA is your Union Representation
  • California School Employees Association, Local Chapter 106 - local chapter dues ($7.50) deducted tenthly
    CSEA, Local Chapter 106 is your Local Union Representation
  • Certificated Bargaining Unit Employees (please see your Payroll Specialist for details)

W-4 Employee's Withholding Certificate (Federal Withholdings)

The IRS revamped the form for the calendar year 2020 due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Since the way that we are taxed has changed so has the form.  They no longer base our taxable earnings on # of deductions but rather on dollar amounts.  Please see your tax consultant if you need help filling out the form or you can visit the IRS website.  There is a link below to the IRS calculator if you'd like to use it and also some information on the new W-4 Form.

Direct Deposit Form (make sure to include a voided check or document from the bank with the Routing number and Account number)



Please fax any verifications of employment to (760) 771-8540.  Please allow up to 1 week for processing.  After faxing verification, you can call/email the appropriate payroll specialist according to the last name of the employee if you need to confirm information.  If you receive voicemail, please leave a message and they will return your call as soon as possible.  Follow this link and scroll to the bottom to find our department contacts.

403(b)/457(b) PLANS


New participants can enroll, select their plan and contribution amounts, and email questions directly.  Existing participants can make updates to their contribution amounts, update beneficiaries and monitor their retirement saving progress online. If you need help regarding your 403(b) changes please contact:
Phone: 1-800-462-8328 x4727
Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 3pm

How to Access Your District Retirement Plan
Plan Vue Guide for Participants




Classified employees working 4 or more hours per day are required to participate in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). The monthly employee amount paid is reflected on your pay stub.

Classified employees working less than 4 hours per day are required to pay into the APPLE Plan - Alternate for Social Security. Employees contribute 3.75% of gross wages to this plan which the District matches.

Certificated employees are required to participate in the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). The monthly employee amount paid is reflected on your pay stub.

Direct Deposit, Tax Sheltered Annuities, and Credit Union options are available.


Requests for duplicate copies of payroll records will be filled within 3 working days. Please contact Taffeta Hunter, Administrative Assistant, in Fiscal at (760) 771-8525 or email at [email protected]. A fee of $2.00 per request will be charged to offset handling costs.


If you have any questions regarding your payroll, please go to the main page to view the contact list.

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