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

Transfer of TTOC Experience DEADLINE JUNE 30 (per Article C.4) new15_a.gif
If you are currently in a temporary or continuing assignment with our district and have TTOC experience, you have an opportunity to transfer 17 FTE TTOC days to 1 month of teaching experience. There are two opportunities a year to initiate a transfer, November 15 (Form B) and June 30 (Form A). Questions? Contact Sylvia Slater (SOSTU President) or Doris Kuehn (SOSTU TTOC Rep), or payroll@sd53.bc.ca.

SD53 Login
New page layout, new sign in page look (see below), new header layout and colour. Once you are logged in click on the PowerSchool logo or atrieveERP logo to navigate back to the 'home' page. Download the app on your mobile device.
This is your quick link to SD53 Login Click here for leave entry & dispatch system

  • 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)

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.

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 Group in Office365, 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.  (April 25, 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)


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

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 Training
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.

Pension Plan Seminars
Get to know your pension plan with an online eLearning session (15 minutes) and/or register for a free workshop (available in the Okanagan Valley)

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: 17 May,2017
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