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



'My Absences'
Online Leaves Now Available to All Staff!

District employees have easy online access to 'MyAbsenses' to place a leave request for processing, to request a replacement employee for the absence, to review absences and/or dispatches, and to manage dispatch availability. Replacement dispatching is done mostly by our automated 'Absence/Dispatch System (ADS)'.  

Click on the following link SD53 Web Login to access 'MyAbsences'. This link is also available in the 'All Staff' area on your First Class desktop.


EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK (formerly known as 'Teacher Handbook') now includes a 'General All Staff' section. To view, click on 'Employee Handbook' on the left side menu under 'All Staff'.
FREE Chronic Pain Workshop - This FREE six session, interactive workshop is for adults of any age who have chronic pain and it covers a range of strategies and tools to help you understand the Pain & Symptom Cycle and manage pain so that you can live life more fully.  Pain is influenced by several factors.  In this program, you will discover how to: experience the possibility of less pain, release tension, make daily tasks easier, set realistic goals and learn problem solving, pace your activities to better manage your time, plan for regular physical activity, and communicate effectively with your health care team.

When? Wednesdays October 8-November 19 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm  click here for details

Pension Plan Retirement Seminars: all plan members are welcome to attend the pension plan retirement seminars including 'Your Pension, Your Future' for new and mid-career plan members and 'Thinking About Retirement' for members within 5 years of retirement. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis so register early to avoid disappointment as these seminars fill quickly. (Note: members are responsible for their own travel and associated costs of attending a seminar).


Employee and Family Assistance Plan: Optum PPC Canada LiveWell portal combines the best of Optum online with an industry-leading health and wellbeing portal. In addition to the information, advice and support available on LiveWell, the web portal also includes a number of tools designed to help address issues affecting your personal life, work life and health and wellbeing. LiveWell is a refreshed, user friendly navigation; wellbeing screeners help you to review your health; smoking cessation planner; health and wellbeing calculators; and eCards enabling you to send special messages of thanks or support to colleagues, friends and family. For details click on 'Employee & Family Wellness (Optum)' on the left side menu.

The Balance Sheet Newsletter (October 2014) - 8 Rules for Communication in Relationships & Disorganized Kids click here to view



CaresNet you can submit Pacific Blue Cross claims online and find out if they’re approved in real time by clicking here. What else can you do on-line? • see if your claim is approved • register for direct deposit • check plan coverage and limits • save service provider addresses • save your ID card to your mobile device • submit eClaims  • view dependent coverage • submit claims with the CARESnet Mobile app



Scent Awareness Initiative - our goal is to be sensitive to employees and students with perfume and chemical sensitivies. For details on our Scent Awareness Initiative click here. Our employees and students with medical chemical sensitivites thank you for your cooperation!

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
Optional Life Insurance
is available for your and your spouse. For more information contact payroll@sd53.bc.ca
Life Insurance
If you would like to change your life insurance beneficiary, or would like to confirm who you have listed as a beneficiary contact payroll@sd53.bc.ca

 Last Modified: 29 October,2014
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