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

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As of July 13th, up to 14,000 people are reported as being displaced due to the ongoing wildfires in British Columbia’s interior.~ The province has declared a state of emergency, and has established a relief fund for impacted communities.

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected. Emergencies and natural disasters, whether they hit close to home or far away, may increase feelings of stress, worry, and anxiety. If you or someone you love is experiencing difficult or painful emotions, remember that the LifeWorks program can help. You can call 1-888-307-0590 anytime to speak to a caring, confidential consultant. Help is available 24/7, whenever you need us. You can also visit the Life section of your LifeWorks app or website (login.lifeworks.com) for helpful resources, including articles such as Coping with Fears After a Traumatic Event, Steps to take After a Flood, Fire or Other Disaster, and How the EAP Can Help in a Crisis.~  Our intake team has been briefed on the situation and has access to resources that can be shared to support individuals, or managers who are looking for information and/or support. We have our immediate support counsellors on standby to speak with individuals in need of help. (July, 2017)





PBC Job Action - as you may be aware PBC is experiencing a labour disruption as the employer and union work towards a new collective agreement. There is an email in the 'All Staff Group' of Outlook that provides more details regarding the level of services available at this time. (July, 2017)

Office365 is our new staff email:  to access your new email , click on 'Office365-SD53 Login' (left side menu of this screen), your login is your SD53 email address, your password has not changed (note: although you can no longer send/receive emails in FirstClass, you can still access your FirstClass folders and history). (March, 2017)

Can you reduce your MSP premium rates? If your 2016 adjusted net income is $42,000 or less, you may be eligible for a reduction in your monthly MSP premiums. Thsi will reduce your   MSP payroll deduction and your taxable benefit (employer share of the MSP premiums are taxable) Click here for details and follow the instructions to apply. Contact MSP directly if you have any questions. (April 25, 2017)

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LifeWorks -  as of June 15, employees and dependents have access to LifeWorks, an employee assistance program (EAP) and work-life/wellbeing resource (replaces OPTUM).  LifeWorks is a confidential support and services for work, life, family, health, money, and everything in between. LifeWorks is available at no additional cost to you, as an employee benefit. You can connect with LifeWorks, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, by toll-free phone number (1-888-307-0590), online login.lifeworks.com, or by mobile app (details on LifeWorks website).

The program includes:

  • 24/7 access to expert consultants for work-life advice, information, and resources,
  • access to counselling,
  • referrals to community supports and organizations,
  • a secure desktop website full of helpful wellbeing content,
  • and a mobile app for iPhone or Android.
Connect with LifeWorks toll-free, 24/7 at 1-888-307-0590 or online at (login and password are available in the 'All Staff Group' of Outlook)new15_a.gif
Education and Training Opportunities

POPFASD Monthly Newsletter - find the latest POPFASD Monthly Newsletter in the 'All Staff Group' of Outlook including online FASD Classes, upcoming conference, and more!


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: 20 July,2017
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