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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 (January 20, 2016)

SD53 Employee Handbook is located in the FirstClass 'All Staff' area (icon is top right above the school bus icon) - leaves, school learning plans, school calendar, pay schedules, professional growth plans, snow days, report card guidelines, universal precautions, education assistant personal care duties, and more!! Check it out! (February 5, 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)

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)   


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)

Choosing the right pension seminar
What are key aspects of retirement? How the pension works, potential pension income, post-retirement group benefits and members’ benefit statements. Its important members understand them. Your Pension, Your Future and Thinking About Retiring seminars discuss these topics in different ways because they’re designed for members in different career stages.

Your Pension, Your Future is for new and mid-career members; Thinking About Retiring is designed for members within about five years of retirement. Both seminars discuss how to access information online and tips for understanding the Member’s Benefit Statement. Here’s a handy chart to help members know which seminar to attend:

Your Pension, Your Future
Thinking About Retiring
Types of retirement income and the value of your pension
Purchasing and transferring service
Other possible benefits
Potential income at retirement
Choosing your best pension option
The retirement process

Phone: 250 356-8547 (Victoria) or 1 877 558-5573 (toll-free in BC)
250 356-2466 (Victoria) or 1 877 558-5574 (toll-free in BC)

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

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 with details
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 a new course:     

For more information or to search for other available courses Click here for the JIBC Course search (updated  January 11, 2016)

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: 5 February,2016
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