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


MPP Retirement Seminars: Improved Municipal Pension Plan member education season under way. Newer employees and those with optional enrolment in the plan are encouraged to take the eLearning course Getting to Know Your Pension and  employees who are plan members are encouraged to register for Making the Most of Your Pension and Approaching Retirement workshops. How do employees benefit? The eLearning course and workshops provide employees with key pension information they need to make decisions for their future, wherever they are on their pension journey.  If you have questions, please contact the pension plan directly toll free at 1 877 558-5573 or email MPPeducation@pensionsbc.ca or web www.mpp.pensionsbc.ca


Shift into Winter: Resources and tips from WorkSafeBC on how to stay safe on the road this winter, whether you drive as part of your job or for pleasure Chick here for Winter Driving Tips & Safety for BC Drivers (December 14, 2016)  


Collective Agreements: For your convenience the SOSTU and CUPE collective agreements are available on-line (see left side menu of this page). If you would like a printed copy of the agreement, request from a SOSTU staff rep or CUPE shop steward, school office or the district office. (November 3, 2016)  




Be you - be well...

Optum Events - you are invited! It's FREE!
Optum offers  free monthly presentations for all staff and their family members! These 1 hour presentations start at 12:00 noon and are accessed online.

February 22 = Eating for Peak Performance
March 29 = Finances without Fear
April = Workplace Stress - Refueling the Tank
May 31 = Addressing Anxiety
June 28 = 6 Winning Stategies for Health & Happiness
July 26 = Work/Life Balance
August 30 = Managing the Menopause Middle
September 27 = Bullying -Tips for Parents
October 25 = Substance Abuse in the Workplace
November 29 = Men's Health
December 20 = Budgeting for 2018

Registration is easy! Go to All Staff in FirstClass, and open the email called 'Optum Events', click on the attachment and click on 'Register Here'. Can't make the session? Without registering, follow the same path and you have access to the slide presentation.  (January 11, 2017)

Counselling Services
Optum Canada, provides professional, confidential wellness services, such as short-term counselling, to the employees and family (who are covered by employee benefits). To access counselling services call 1-800-663-9099 anytime day or night. It takes about 10 minutes to create a file and set up an appointment to see or speak to a clinical counsellor. Services are available in person, via phone or email and are arranged outside of work hours including weekends or evening. (November 22, 2016)

OPTUM livewell
Would you like to make life easier? Go online and check out the fact sheets, programs and articles on your employee portal: LiveWell. Member access to this online services is anonymous. Plus, click on 'My Services & Programs' (right side menu of the LIveWell portal) for a guide to free advice, information and support available to you and eligible family members. Click here for more information on services and Click here to access LiveWell portal (login is available in the 'All Staff' area of FirstClass). (December 8, 2016)

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)



Benefits

Blue RX - what you need to know about your PBC drug plan: Review the below documents for details regarding you PBC drug plan and for more information contact PBC directly at 604-419-2000 or toll free at 1-877-722-2583: Links explaining Blue RX  What is BlueRX and Employee Bulletin - RDP pricing eff Dec 1, 2016.pdf       (December 16, 2016)
                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Pension Plan Online Access - MY ACCOUNT: TPP and MPP members, register for the pension plan My Account to access your benefit information.  Go to Pension Plan website and, under the My Account section, click Log in to My Account, and then Register Now.  Click here for the TPP & MPP 'My Account' Login and to register, you will need your Person ID (PID) number.  Benefits of using My Account:
  • access to the latest information about beneficiary nomination.
  • nominate persons, trustees and organizations, and update their beneficiary information. This includes identifying how much of one’s estate each beneficiary will receive if there are multiple beneficiaries.  
  • information will be instantly added to our file. Keeping up-to-date and accurate information ensures their final wishes for their pension benefit will be carried out. (December 5, 2016)                                                  


TPP pensionable service is changing: click here to find out how and why (December 5, 2016)


Questions about your benefits? email our payroll department at payroll@sd53.bc.ca

Education & Training


EA Training (PECS, TouchChat, Visuals)
February 10, 2017: Education assistant training regarding PECs, TouchChat, and Visuals    Click here for details and registration information.

Response To Intervention Online 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
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.



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: 23 February,2017
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