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

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Flu Shot Clinics November 23 to December 4 - Click here for date/time/location of our district Flu Shot Clinics for 2015. For your convenience, print off the Flu Consent Form, complete and bring with you to the clinic. Are you eligible for a free shot? Review Click here to review the eligibility info sheet to determin your eligibility. If you are not eligible, then you will be responsible to pay $11.00 at the time of the shot (and the district pays $11.00 directly to Pharmasave). If you are not eligible, and you choose to have your shot at a clinic not listed in the attached poster, then you pay the full cost of the shot and submit to the district office an expense claim form with the receipt for reimbursement of 1/2 the cost. (November 18, 2015)


SD53 Employee Handbook is located in the FirstClass 'All Staff' area (icon is top right above the school bus icon) and includes the following information important to your position with the district:

Physical restraint and seclusion, what are the district expectations? General All Staff section #20, page 13

Confidentiality and privacy expectations? General All Staff section #1, page 7

Leave requests, what is the process? General All Staff section #8, page 9

When is pay day? General All Staff section #9, page 10

(November 12, 2015)


Do you and your spouse both pay for BC Medical? Don't pay twice! It costs you as a payroll deduction and is also a taxable benefit. 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 (October 7, 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)


Put your leave into the system as early as possible! Since our dispatch system begins dispatching replacements 2 weeks in advance of an absence, you are encouraged to enter your leave as early as possible to allow the system time to dispatch a replacment for your leave. This also gives our replacement staff the opportunity to plan ahead. How to Submit your Leave Online? Instructions are on the left side menu of this page 'MyAbsences' instructions. (November 3, 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. The site includes a link (left side menu) on retirement information seminars. 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)

Education & Training

(Nov 20-Dec 4, 2015)
POPARD ABA training hosted by SD23, November 20 - December 4, 2015. Click here for more information including registration

CPI Training
(Feb 19, 2016 (NI day))
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) Training opportunity, February 19, 2016 from 8:30 to 3:30. Click here for CPI Training Flyer and Registration Information

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).

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
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: 24 November,2015
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