All permanent full-time employees are eligible to enroll themselves and their dependents in the health benefit programs. New employees must sign up for health insurance within thirty days of their date of hire to participate. Most employees qualify if they are working 50% or more for the year but benefits vary by bargaining unit so employees should refer to the applicable union contract. Eligible dependents include lawful spouse or registered domestic partner, children under 26 years of age, stepchildren and legally adopted children. Open enrollment is in the fall each year.
Active and retired employees have the opportunity to move from one plan to another, change options, or change dependent status. Information will be posted on this web page during Open Enrollment. All questions about benefits and open enrollment should be directed to the Benefits Office.
Resignations and retirements should be given with sufficient notice to the school site or department to allow for an effective transition. If you plan on retiring, be sure to contact either CalSTRS or CalPERS a few months ahead of your planned retirement date. Retiree health benefits vary by bargaining unit and you must retire with PERS or STRS within 120 days of separation to be eligible — refer to your contract or benefit office for more information.
The District is shifting management of health care benefits beginning January 1, 2015 and will result in ongoing savings of millions of dollars annually. A portion of these savings will be used to stabilize District finances and help us begin to restore some positions and programs cut during the recession. Another portion will be directed to partially offset our District’s unfunded liability with regards to the skyrocketing cost of retiree health benefits.