Welcome to the School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) 'Staff' page


World Teacher Day - October 5 - World Teacher Day is recognized annually and globally. It is meant to commemorate teachers' organizations worldwide and acknowledge the work teachers do across the globe to meet the needs of future generations. Thank you to all staff for your contributions to our students everyday! (September 30, 2015)

Teachers - are you being paid the correct scale and category? If you have had an assignment in another district and have not provided your experience recognition form, contact payroll@sd53.bc.ca to request a form. If you have taken additional coursework that you have not submitted to TQS, the link to their website is on the left side menu. (September 16, 2015)

Personal Care Duties - an explanation of EA personal care duties and link to the EA job descriptions have been added to the EA section of our district Employee Handbook (see page 27 of the handbook located in the 'All Staff' area, icon is at the top right corner). (September 14, 2015)

Confidentiality and Privacy - a section on confidentiality and privacy has been added to the 'General (All Staff)' section of the handbook (page 6 of the handbook located in the 'All Staff' area, icon is at the top right corner). Please ensure you are familiar and understand this important expectation regarding maintaining confidentiality and privacy for our students, their families, staff, the district. (September 14, 2015)

Put your leave into the system as early as possible!!! our dispatch system begins searching for a replacement 2 weeks in advance of your approved absence. You are encouraged to enter your leave into the system as early as possible to allow the system time to dispatch a replacment for your leave. This also gives our relief staff the opportunity to plan ahead. How to Submit your Leave Online? Instructions are on the left side menu of this page 'MyAbsences' instructions. (September 15, 2015)   



NEW ON THE PENSION PLAN WEBSITE Work. Life. Pension (click here to access), Planning your retirement? Have questions? Find out what you don't know about your penion. This site was created to make the pension experience easier and to save time and effort in navigating through the planning process! Check it out! (October 1, 2015)

Teachers Dental Plans - Provincial changes effective July 1, 2015 - As previously communicated to districts, as of July 1, 2015 improvements were made to the local dental plans. Plans with coverage below the new levels have been brought up to the new provincial minimum (those above the provincial minimum remain unchanged). Province-wide minimum reimbursement of 75% for orthodontics with a lifetime maximum of $5,000; and dual coverage will be permitted when both parties are within the teacher bargaining unit. (September 9, 2015)

Retirement Seminar Information - The fall schedule for the pension plan free member seminars is now posted (see links below). There are two seminars available to all plan members, including those receiving long-term disability benefits. Seminare are for all plan members (this includes those receiving long-term disability benefits, are welcome to attend). There are two seminars: Your Pension, Your Future (1.5 hours) is for new and mid-career members, and Thinking About Retiring (2 hours) is for members within five years of retirement. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. And, members are responsible for their own travel and associated costs. Questions? Email: MPPseminars@pensionsbc.ca or phone 250 356-8547 (Victoria) or 1 877 558-5573 (toll-free). (August 18, 2015)


FREE FASD on-line training is available! Registration opens Tuesday, Sep 22, at 3:30 and is expected to fill up quickly. This on-line training is six 90 minute sessions and you will receive a certificate on completion. To register, go to www.fasdoutreach.ca/training (a computer, high speed internet, headphones and microphones are required). If you require assistance with registration or access or would like more information, contact Tina, District Elementary Counsellor and FASD District Partner, at tlovett@sd53.bc.ca or 250-498-3481 ext. 120. (added September 21, 2015)

FRIENDS - Grades 4-5 training for teachers.  Registration form will be coming from the Province.

Conference offered by BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and audiologists. Workshop includes RTI models, how teachers can incorporate explicit phonological awareness instruction and small group intervention within preschool and classroom settings Click here for detail (updated September 23, 2015)

MARCH 2016
In March 2016, the Justice Institute of BC is offering the three new courses:     

Creating a Positive Learning Environment
Reinforcing Respectful Professional Boundaries
The Mindful Educator in Managing Conflict

For more information check their website at http://www.jibc.ca for registration and scheduling information. (updated September 29, 2015)

Contact Information for payroll and human resources
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Teacher Pension Plan
For information on purchasing pensionable service for unpaid leaves
Click here for information
Municipal Pension Plan
For information on purchasing pensionable service for unpaid leaves
Click here for information
Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance
Pacific Blue Cross offers Medi-Assist to members and their dependents who experience emergencies while traveling outside their provice of residence.
Click here for information
Travel Insurance
Pacific Blue Cross offers Voluntary Travel Insurance at a discounted price for those enrolled in group plans
Click here for information
Life Insurance
- Optional life insurance is available for your and your spouse. Contact payroll dept for more information

- ensure your life insurance beneficiary is correct by contacting the payroll dept at payroll@sd53.bc.ca

 Last Modified: 1 October,2015
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