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

What is new? Flu shot...

Flu Shots - getting the flu shot is your best defense against the flu. For information on the benefits of receiving a flu shot contact your local pharmacist or visit any drug store websites. To receive the vaccination, attend any pharmacy, mention you are a school district employee and if there is a charge, send your receipt to the school board office on an expense claim form to be reimbursed for 1/2 the cost. (October 25, 2016)

OPTUM livewell - services are available to staff and family that are included in your benefit package. Their website is designed to provide information, advice and support including counselling services, to help improve your wellness and wellbeing. the resources are designed to assist in plans and preparation for upcoming life events or manage ongoing challenges. Click here to access OPTUM resources (login is available in the 'All Staff' area of FirstClass) or phone 1-800-663-9099 (toll free). (August 3, 2016)

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)  


MPP Pension Seminars:

  • Your Pension, Your Future Seminar: it is important for new and mid-career employees to know how decisions made today can affect retirement pension in the years to come.
  • Thinking about Retirement Seminar: for employees within five years of retirement, check out the seminar: Thinking About Retiring. To help plan and prepare for retirement
Registration is easy. Register through My Account on the MPP website or another one of the options available as shown on the MPP website. (August 17, 2016)

MPP Benefit Changes for Retired Members IMPORTANT!! Plan members near retirement can learn how the MPP benefit changes may affect your retirment benefits by clicking on these links MPP Health and Dental Care Information. (June 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)

Education & Training


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).

POPARD provides training to all public and independent schools across the province of BC with a primary focus on increasing the capacity of school district staff to support students with autism spectrum disorder. To view POPARD (Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders) training opportunities  Click Here.

Live and Work Well Webinar (OPTUM)
October 26, 2016, 12:00 PM, join OPTUM in a webinar on work/life balance. Do you worry too much? Go to the district FirstClass 'All Staff' area and open the Global Wellness Newsletter - October, for information including how to register for the webinar.

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: 25 October,2016
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