Your District, Your Benefits
District 25 offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time/job-share employees. There is no waiting period for coverage; you are eligible on your first date of employment.
Open Enrollment is held once a year – usually in November. During this open enrollment period, you may enroll, change plans and/or add dependents. You cannot make any changes outside of the open enrollment period unless you have a qualifying "life change" event. You have 30 days from the effective date of the life event to make changes.
Employees cannot make changes to their benefits outside of the open enrollment period unless they have a qualifying "life change" event. You have 30 days from the effective date of the life event to make changes.
Qualifying Life Events:
- Birth or Adoption of a Child
- Marriage / Civil Union
- Loss of Non-District Insurance
- Gain of Non-District Insurance
- Divorce / Legal Seperation
- Death of a Dependent
Life event enrollments are completed through B-Swift. Information, instructions and a list of supporting documents that are neded can be found within the library section of B-Swift.
The District offers the choice of four different Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical plans. All required annual notices, insurance rates, summaries of benefit coverage (SBC), information needed for enrollment, and forms are located within the library section of B-Swift.
Employees are encouraged to register with Blue Access for Members (BAM) at www.bcbsil.com. BAM allows you 24 hour access to manage your benefits, print and/or request ID cards, see explanation of benefits, and much more.
The District offers two dental plans, Guardian PPO or Guardian DMO. Insurance rates, benefit coverage, and information needed for enrollment are located within the library section of B-Swift.
Employees are encouraged to register with Guardian at www.guardiananytime.com. Registering allows you 24 hour access to print or order ID cards, check covered expenses, and much more.
The District has one vision plan - Vision Service Plan (VSP). Insurance rates, benefit coverage, and information needed for enrollment are located within the library section of B-Swift. VSP does not issue benefit cards. Employees should choose a provider that accepts VSP insurance and your information will be in the provider's computer system.
Prime Theraputics, the District's mail order prescription service, offers reduced co-pays on maintenance type prescription medications. In many situations, you will be able to receive a 90-day supply from Prime for the cost of a 60-day supply from your local pharmacy.
PPO participants can take advantage of prescription discounts through SD25Meds. Advantages of joining the SD25Meds program administered by CRX are:
- $0 CO-PAY for all prescriptions offered through the program
- prescriptions shipped directly to your home with no shipping and handling costs
- no out-of-pocket expenses
Additional information and a formulary list are available within the library section of B-Swift.
All benefited employees are covered by a $50,000 life insurance policy which is paid for by the District. Additional life insurance for yourself, or life insurance for a spouse and/or children can be purchased. Information and rates regarding the purchase of additional life insurance can be found within the library section of B-Swift.
Tax Shelter 403(b) Annuity Program
The District offers the opportunity to participate in a 403(b) program to any District employee working at least 20 hours/week.
Flexible Spending Account
This is an account in which you can elect to have money taken out of your pay check on a pre-tax basis. There are two options available, medical and dependent care, and you can select either one or both. The benefit of this plan is that you save money on income taxes, but it does require careful planning, as any unused money in the account at the end of the year is forfeited.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to all employees and provides for up to twelve (12) weeks of leave time during any 12-month period, provided that the employee has worked for the District for at least 12 months and has worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months immediately preceding the request for FMLA leave. Note that time on paid or unpaid leave does not count as hours worked for purposes of the 1,250 hours test.
Eligible employees may use family and medical leave, guaranteed by the Family and Medical Leave Act, for up to a combined total of twelve (12) weeks each year, beginning with the first day of the requested leave and ending one calendar year later. Other available paid vacation, personal, or sick leave will run concurrently for family and medical leave necessitated by birth, adoption/foster care placement, or a family member's serious health condition. Any substitution required by this policy will count against the employee's family and medical leave entitlement. (Board Policy 5:185)
Arlington Heights School District 25 uses the "rolling" 12-month period measured backward from the date an employee uses any FMLA leave.
Employees, who will be absent for more than 3 days and the absence fits the above criteria, should contact the Benefits Manager.
Sick Leave Bank
The intent of the Sick Leave Bank is to provide extended sick leave to those members who experience an extended absence due to the employee's own prolonged illness or hospitalization, or the prolonged illness or hospitalization of an employee's immediate family member. For purposes of this policy, "immediate family member" shall be defined as spouse, children (or other dependents living in your home), parents, parents-in-law, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law. The Sick Leave Bank shall not be available for use in conjunction with any illness due to elective surgery or cosmetic surgery. In order to be eligible to draw from the Bank, a member must:
- be a contributor to the Bank
- present a doctor's certificate of continuing illness, including date that they are anticipated to return to work
- have used all of his/her accumulated sick leave and all other available compensation days (i.e. personal business days, vacation days, comp time, etc.)
An eligible District 25 Sick Leave Bank member who has used all sick days, personal days, vacation days, and comp time may request days from the Sick Leave Bank by completing a Sick Leave Bank application and submitting it to the Benefits Manager.
Upon receipt of an application, the Sick Leave Bank Committee will convene within five business days to review the request and determine whether or not to grant the request for Sick Leave Bank days. The Benefits Manger will contact the employee with the Committee's decision.
Wellness and Flu Shot Clinics
The District holds a Flu Shot Clinic in the Fall, and a Wellness Clinic in the Spring. Information regarding the clinics will be made available through email in the weeks leading up to the events.