Welcome to the School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) 'Staff' page. This page is updated on a regular basis giving staff current district employee information. Email your HR department at strower@sd53.bc.ca if you have suggestions for topics or changes to this page.



Planning for a Successful Retirement? Optum PPC Canada is offering a webinar April 30 at 12:00 pm that explores different strategies to make the process of transitioning to retirement both easier and more effective. Check out the email in the FirstClass 'All Staff' area for details including registration.


BC Teacher Regulations annual fee of $80 is due May 31, 2014 - if you will receive pay from our district between now and April 30, 2014 your fee will be payroll deducted. If you are a teacher who works at more than one school district please remember to elect one employer to payroll deduct. If you will not work prior to May 1, 2014, you are responsible to pay your own fees directly. For more information on BC Teacher Regulation fees click here.


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.

Support Staff Extended Health and Dental Benefit Changes March 1, 2014 - there has been changes to your support staff extended health and dental benefits. For details on your benefit plan click on 'Benefit Package (PEBT) (on the left side menu on this page), click on 'Employees' and choose our school district. If you have questions on extended health or dental coverage, contact the carrier directly. The 'Contact' page on this site gives you direct contact information for all your benefits. If you have questions regarding your payroll deductions, contact our district payroll department.

Absence Dispatch System - our district's Absence/Dispatch System (ADS) is a leave request/processing tool, an automated dispatching system, a replacement staff unavailability notification system, and a way for staff to track and verify their absences and dispatches. To access your employee information click on the following link SD53 Web Login (this link is also available in the 'All Staff' area on your First Class desktop).  For details on how to use ADS click here.

Teacher Standardized Provincial Extended Health: Click here for details.

Retirement Seminars: all plan members, are welcome to attend the pension plan retirement seminars. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Members should register early to avoid disappointment as these seminars fill quickly. Members are responsible for their own travel and associated costs of attending a seminar.

ROEs are submitted electronically: you do not need a printed copy of your ROE to apply for EI. View and/or print copies of your ROE online the same day the district submits it by going to your My Service Canada Web Site. At your request, the district will print/mail you a paper copy of your ROE (contact our payroll department). For more information on applying for EI visit the Government of Canada website.

Vision Wear Discounts with Pacific Blue Cross (Blue Advantage): visit the Pacific Blue Cross website at http://www.blueadvantage.ca/ to 'Find Savings' in for products such as vision wear.

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: 17 April,2014
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