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TTOC Experience Transfer Request - a written notice must be provided by the teacher and received by the district no later than June 30th of the preceding school year for a transfer for TTOC experience credits earned up to and including June 30th to take effect on August 31st of the following school year. Complete and submit the Teacher Notice: LOU 16(c)-TTOC Experience Transfer Request-Form A (Click here to access the LOU 16(c)-FORM A.pdf) and submit it to the school board office payroll department at payroll@sd53.bc.ca.

Leave Request Message - assist your replacement to be prepared for the day by leaving message in your leave request about a special event ('Message' is found on the 'Absence Entry: Replacement Instructions' screen of the absence). For example, including a message with details regarding the skating trip or other sporting event that day will give replacements the opportunity to consider appropriate clothing. (March 1, 2016)  

What is LiveWell (Optum)? Optum offers employees a variety of resources and tools to assist you in achieving wellness goals including counselling services. Available to all employees as part of your benefit package, the LiveWell Member Portal can be accessed at Click here to access (Username/Access Code is available in the 'All Staff' area of FirstClass). For more information including counselling services phone 1-800-663-9099 (toll free) or 1-604-431-8200 (March 1, 2016)

Where is the SD53 Employee Handbook? Find our district employee handbook in the 'All Staff' area of FirstClass (icon is top right above the school bus icon) -  confidentiality and privacy, payroll pay schedules, Tim Time, expectations for TTOCs, education assistant personal care duties, universal precautions, leaves and more!! Check it out! (March 1, 2016)

DON'T PAY TWICE!! Do you and your spouse both pay for BC Medical? This is not as uncommon as you may think. Medical Services Plan does not cross check to ensure people are not paying at more than one workplace, so if you and your spouse both have benefits at your place of work check to ensure you are not being deducted at both locations for your regular BC Medical.  Not does it cost you as a payroll deduction and is also a taxable benefit with no added value, but the expense to the employer is significate. Only one partner should to pay the monthly family or couple premium. If you have questions about your BC Medical premiums contact Heather in payroll at payroll@sd53.bc.ca (February 5, 2016)

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)

Municipal Pension  announced benefit changes for retired members - it is important that plan members are aware of these changes. Plan members near retirement should learn how these changes may affect them. Please share the attached Member News with your plan members today. More information is available on the Municipal Pension Plan website, mpp.pensionsbc.ca/groupbenefits. (May 30, 2016)

Are you eligible for MSP premium assistance? once you have completed your tax return, Click here for details on MSP premium assistance. If you are eligible, follow the instructions to apply. Once approved, you will reduce your taxes since employer share of monthly premiums are taxable. Check it out and contact MSP directly if you have any questions. (March 1, 2016)

Pension Plan Member News - Announcement: On September 30,2015, the Pension Benefits Standards Act was modernized. There have been some clarifications to how the changes affect employees and their pension.  Click here for Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) information and click here for Teacher Pension Plan (TPP) information. (updated April 5, 2016)

Teacher Pension Plan Announcement: Upcoming changes to cost-of-living adjustment funding and age eligibility, and employer contribution rates Click here for details (updated  January 11, 2016)

Thinking about retirement? For information on how your pension works, how to maximize its benefit to you, and retirement seminars click here for Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) information and click here for Teacher Pension Plan (TPP) information.

Questions about your pension? Contact the pension plan directly at:

MPP 250 356-8547 (Victoria) or 1 877 558-5573 (toll-free in BC)
TPP 250 356-2466 (Victoria) or 1 877 558-5574 (toll-free in BC)
(updated April 5, 2016)

Education & Training


Optum May Webinar: Effective communication presentation May 25th at 12:00 pm, '...discusses ways we can better communicate with one another - and why it's important to make the effort' click here to register. (updated May 2, 2016)


SetBC now offers 5 modules of RTI online training including

(1) Inclusion
(2) Who are we teaching?
(3) What are we teaching?
(4) How to support students?
(5) How to meet content goals

These modules are designed to start at #1 and work through numerically at your own pace. Prior to beginning, it is suggested that you print the module workbook (found in the 'Activities' tab of the module).

To access the modules, go to SetBC Curriculum for All at https://www.setbc.org/course/curriculum-for-all/  (note: depending on your computer, you may need to choose 'Return to Course' to access the pages).

Contact Information for payroll and human resources
click here
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: 30 May,2016
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