General Information

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Available below is some general information you may want to know in regards to your eligibility in receiving benefits as a Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) employee. We encourage you to review the following information and to contact the Employee Benefits customer service line at 407.320.0095 if you have any additional questions.

Benefit Eligibility

All 50 percent regularly appointed and elected employees of the Board, are entitled to any or all of the Board provided benefits. Casual employees, such as OPS and substitute teachers, are not entitled to benefits.

"Actively at work" means you are physically capable of performing the functions of your job on the first day of work concurrent with the plan effective date. If you are not actively at work but return to active work status within ten working days from the plan effective date, your benefits will cover you when you return to work. If you continue to pay your premium while on leave, your benefits will continue back to day one.

Remember, if you are not actively at work on the plan effective date because you are on a leave of absence, your new benefits are not effective until the first day of the month following your return to active status. Continuing benefits remain in effect for the plan year as long as premiums are paid.

Current Employees - Each year during annual enrollment, you have the opportunity to enroll and/or make changes to your benefit plans.

New Employees - If you are a new employee, you are eligible for the benefits on the 89th day of continuous active service. You must complete an enrollment form within your first 30 days of employment. If you do not complete and submit yourenrollment form within 30 days of your date of hire, you are not eligible for any voluntary benefits. You will be allowed only to enroll in the Board paid employee only medical coverage and Board paid life insurance. The coverage effective date will be determined by the date the enrollment form is received in the Employee Benefits Department.

Terminating Employees - If you terminate or retire prior to the end of your contract, your coverage will end on the day of termination. According to federal and state law, you can continue your own and your dependents' coverage if you terminate employment or have certain other qualifying events under COBRA laws. COBRA laws apply to group health plans, dental, medical FSAs and vision benefits.

Retiring Employees - A retiree is a former full-time employee of the School Board who currently receives income under the Florida Retirement System (FRS). Upon retirement, you are eligible to continue certain benefits. When you retiree, your coverage will end on the day of retirement. As a retiree, you can continue themedical coverage and life insurance through the District. Your dental and vision benefits can continue for 18 months if you elect to continue through COBRA. You can also continue your Medical FSA until the end of the current plan year, as long as contributions continue to be made through COBRA. Supplemental Term Life Insurance and Disability Income will terminate on the date of retirement. You can continue Unum, Metlife and Colonial coverage directly with these carriers through their direct bill option.

Dependent Eligibility - You can cover your dependents under every plan option that shows a premium amount for dependent coverage (refer to the rate charts that appear in this guide). You and your dependents must be enrolled in the same plan. Your premiums can be deducted on a pre-tax basis. You can enroll dependents in the Board-sponsored health care plan if they meet the requirements below. To be eligible for Medical Coverage, a dependent means the employee's lawful spouse, and/or the employee's married or unmarried child up to the age of 26, as long as the dependent child is not eligible for other employer sponsored health insurance.

Unmarried dependent children without dependents of their own may continue coverage beyond age 26 until the end of the calendar year in which they reach age 30, if the child meets the following requirements:

  • The child is a resident of Florida or is a full-time or part-time student; and
  • The child is not provided coverage as a named subscriber, insured, enrollee, or covered person under any other group, blanket, or franchise health insurance policy or individual health benefits plan, or is not entitled to benefits under Title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

The term child includes the employee's:

  1. Natural born child, stepchild, foster or legally adopted child of the employee upon placement in the employee's residence, or at the birth of a newborn adopted child, where a written agreement to adopt such child had been entered into prior to the birth of the child, whether or not that agreement isenforceable. If the foster or adopted child is ultimately not placed in the residence of the employee, no benefit will apply;
  2. A child for whom the covered employee has been court-appointed as legal guardian or legal custodian;
  3. A newborn child of a covered dependent child if properly enrolled. Coveragefor such newborn child will automatically terminate 18 months after the birth of the newborn child.

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