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Benefits | 1010 E. Tenth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 | (520) 225-6144 | benefits@tusd1.org

Welcome to our district's benefits!

We strive to provide one of the best benefit plans among comparable school districts because, above all, we want our benefits to reflect the pride we take in our most important asset, our employees. Here we provide information about the full range of health and wellness benefits that are available to you.

Your Benefits Plans for 2020-2021

Benefits Guide

How do I find out about my benefits for the 2020-2021 school year?
We've prepared the Benefits Guide for 2020-2021 (available in PDF) to answer most of your questions and to provide you with the information you need. You can find even more information in the Benefits Guide Flipbook.

Review the information here on this page to learn more about the plans available to you, and if you have more questions, please email or call Benefits@TUSD1.org | 520-225-6144.

Benefits Guide for 2020-2021 (in PDF) | Benefits Guide Flipbook

To learn more about your options and the benefits enrollment process, watch this Annual Benefits Enrollment Presentation.

Medical

Prescription

What prescription services are available to me? Through CVS Caremark, a wide range of participating retail pharmacies and mail order and online services are available for your prescription needs. See the following information sheets to learn more.

Wellness and the Wellness Incentive Program

What tools and programs support wellness and help me meet my health goals?

Our Wellness Program, a partnership with the Wellness Council of Arizona, provides free health coaches, fitness classes, and more! UnitedHealthcare also offers Rally, an online tool, to help you with your health and fitness goals. And don't forget about the Wellness Incentive Program, which qualifies you for a $300 incentive!

Real Appeal - Free Online Weight Loss Program

I want to lose weight. What tools are available for me?

Real Appeal is a free online weight loss program available to eligible employees and family members. Through Real Appeal, you get a transformation coach who leads weekly online group sessions, online tools to help you track your food, activity, and weight loss progress, and a success kit with recipes, scales workout DVDs, and more!

Dental

What are my choices for dental plans?

You have two choices for dental coverage, Delta Dental and Employer Dental Services (EDS).

  1. Delta Dental
  2. Employer Dental Services (EDS)

Vision

What are my options for vision plans?
In 2020-2021, our vision care provider is eyemed. For information, see the plan descriptions below, or visit eyemed.com.

Flexible Savings Accounts - Medical and Dependent Care

What is a Flexible Savings Account?
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) are part of Section 125, established by the IRS. Section 125 allows employees to set aside money for future medical and child care costs on a pre-tax basis.

What help can I get for child care costs?
If you're one of many people who spend money on child care while at work, a Dependent Care Reimbursement Account is a logical choice. Using BASIC Flex is like getting child care or preschool on sale. The money is deducted before taxes so you don't pay most federal, state, Social Security and Medicare taxes on that amount. The savings range from 15% to 40% depending upon your tax bracket.

Critical Illness (MetLife)

What coverage is available to me to help with critical illness?
Through MetLife, you can elect to enroll in coverage for Critical Illness. Review the material below for more information.

Hyatt Legal

Are there programs that would help me with legal coverages?
Through MetLife, you can elect to enroll in Hyatt Legal Plans, which offers a coverage for a range of legal needs. Review the material below for more information.

Life Insurance

Retirement

What plans are available to help me save for retirement, in addition to my ASRS contributions?
You can enroll in Retirement Savings Plans. Please see the following webpage for more information.

Employee Assistance Program

Jorgensen Brooks Group Flier (in PDF)

What is an EAP?
An EAP is an Employee Assistance Program that assists employees and dependents live healthier, happier lives.

Jorgensen Brooks Group EAP Services provides counseling and referrals to help employees, dependents and household members reduce their stress and resolve problems.  Contact Jorgensen Brooks Group in the Tucson area at (520) 575-8623 or outside the Tucson area at (888) 520-5400. You can also view the website at www.jorgensenbrooks.com.

What is the cost?
EAP is a confidential benefit provided by TUSD for benefit eligible employees and their eligible dependents and household members at no cost.

What kinds of issues can I get help with through my EAP?
Employees and eligible family members can discuss anything that affects their well-being with a Jorgensen Brooks Group Counselor. This includes issues such as:

  • Depression or Anxiety
  • Relationship or Family Conflicts
  • Workplace Conflicts
  • Grief; Death and Dying
  • Alcohol Abuse/Drug Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Caring for an Elderly Parent
  • Domestic Violence
  • Financial Difficulties
  • Legal Difficulties

How do I make an appointment?
Call Jorgensen Brooks Group at (520) 575-8623 Tucson Metro area or (888) 520-5400 outside the Tucson area Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you are in crisis situation, Jorgensen Brooks Group counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To make an appointment for legal or financial services, please call the Tucson Metro office at (520) 575-8623. 

EAP participants may see a Jorgensen Brooks Group provider by appointment regardless of where the employee or dependent lives.

Will anyone find out that I used EAP services?
EAP visits are completely confidential.  Meetings with a Jorgensen Brooks Group EAP counselor remain private unless you sign a consent form for a release of information.

EAP Webinars

Short-Term Disability (SunLife)

What short term disability insurance is available to me?
Through SunLife, you can elect to enroll in Short Term Disability. Review the material below for more information.
  • Class 1: For employees hired prior to October 1, 2012 and insured for Short Term Disability Income Insurance on August 31, 2017 who elect to remain at their current amount
  • Class 2: For all other employees

Resources for Employees - Coronavirus and COVID-19

Payroll Due Dates and Info - Including Retirement Deadlines

Planning to Retire? See these Important Dates!
TUSD Payroll 2020-2021 Due Dates and Info (in PDF)

To retire at end of first semester:

To retire at end of second semester:

More Retirement Information...

Flu Shots and Mobile Onsite Mammography at the Health and Wellness Clinics, Oct. 19-23

ite mammography.

The flu shot clinics will be held Monday - Friday from 2-6 p.m.

The MOM clinics will be held Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for Mobile Onsite Mammography, please call: (480) 967-3767 or 1 800 285-0272. Walk-in patients are welcomed; appointments preferred. (For no waiting time!) Spouses welcome!

Both clinics will be held on the following dates at the following locations:

  • 10/19/2020 - Pueblo High
  • 10/20/2020 - District Office at 1010 E. Tenth St.
  • 10/21/2020 - East Transportation
  • 10/22/2020 - Rincon High
  • 10/23/2020 - Central Transportation

Re-Entry Signs for Schools

Get your Free Masks from AZ

Memo from Payroll re. Payroll Tax - Sept. 11, 2020

On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed a memorandum suggesting the temporary deferral of Social Security payroll taxes for employees that earn less than $4,000 bi-weekly, calculated on a pre-tax basis. The memorandum suggests the deferral period to start as of September 1, 2020, and run through December 31, 2020.

The IRS has provided guidance on the suggested deferral, which includes giving employers the option to opt-in. Tucson Unified School District has reviewed the memorandum and IRS guidance and determined that we will opt-out of the tax deferral. We will continue to follow the law governing the collection of Social Security taxes, also known as the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

It is also important to understand that the suggestion in the memorandum is a deferral of taxes and not a waiver. Employees would still be liable for the deferred taxes, which employers would be required to automatically deduct from employees' paychecks from January 1 through April 30, 2021, in addition to the normal payroll tax deductions. Any uncollected tax would accrue interest.

If anything changes in the future, such as enacted legislation, we will provide further updates.

Returning to Facilities - Procedures and Regulations

Many TUSD employees are starting to come back to our facilities. This is a reminder that in order to keep everyone safe and healthy, we have new regulations, http://govboard.tusd1.org/Policies-and-Regulations/Regulation-Code-EB-R2-T, that we all must follow, as well as COVID Return to Work Trainings that must be completed before you return.

A few highlights:

Everyone is required to wear a mask/face covering that covers your nose and mouth when on TUSD property, ask yourself the 5 Health Questions posted at the front of each TUSD building before entering, wash/ sanitize your hands often, and sign in at the front desk when you come into a building.

Also prior to returning, you are required to complete the 3 COVID Return to Work Trainings and related tests in the True North Logic Professional Learning Portal https://tucson.truenorthlogic.com/ia/empari/login/index .

In your assigned courses, you will see a link titled "COVID-19 Return to Work Trainings".

Within that section, the following courses are posted:

In addition, we have a Disinfection Training video that goes into greater detail about TUSD chemicals and how to use them. This is for any staff member, including Custodians, who are helping to disinfect our spaces.

Thank you for your prompt action to complete these mandatory training that will help keep everyone safe and healthy.

COVID-19 Return-to-Work Trainings

COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide and Recommendations For TUSD Staff - 09/23/20

Do you know families who need help with rent or utilities?

Need help paying rent or utilities due to COVID-19? Apply for assistance: www.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/rent-help. Necesita ayuda para pagar su alquiler debido al COVID-19? Solicite asistencia: www.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/rent-help.

Help with Rent and Utilities

Have you been unable to pay your rent or utilities due to COVID-19?
The City of Tucson Mayor & Council have allocated over $4.5 million of Federal CARES Act funds to assist Tucson residents who have been impacted by the pandemic.

Learn more at https://www.tucsonaz.gov/hcd/rent-help.

More Assistance Options and Information

Rental Eviction Prevention Assistance - Apply here!

Screening Questions - Asked Prior to Entry at Schools and District Offices

Screening Questions: These questions will be asked of everyone before they are permitted to enter schools or district offices.

Coronavirus Testing Sites

Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

COVID-19 Resources from UMR

UMR is working to ensure we are available to support employees during this time. See Helping you stay informed about coronavirus (COVID-19) for more information.

Low-Cost Internet Programs for TUSD Employees

Low-cost Internet programs are available to TUSD families and employees. See the following information for details.

Low-Cost Internet Programs

Time Clock - Clock In/Out for Hourly Employees

Hourly employees can clock in and out following the instructions listed here:
How to Clock In or Out.

Important note:: This file is on Office 365. To access this file, log into Office365 first at https://portal.office.com/. Enter your TUSD email (firstname.lastname@tusd1.org) and your TUSD network login.

Checking Devices In or Out Using Destiny

You'll check devices out using Destiny Resource Manager and back in when they are returned. Devices may include laptops, Chromebooks, tablets.

For instructions, please see Checking Devices In or Out Using Destiny (in PDF).

Process for Lost, Stolen, Damaged Student Loaner Devices: Laptops, Chromebooks, Tablets, Hotspots (in PDF)

Cost Associated With Devices (in PDF)

Getting Tech Support Remotely

The TS Service Desk is still available to help you with technology issues. However, in our new circumstances, we ask that teachers and staff working remotely follow the process below.
  1. Teachers/Staff Working Remotely: If you experience a technology issue and need help, please call your school and request that a Track-It work order be logged in for your issue.
  2. Schools (On-Site Staff): The staff person on site at your school who takes your call will create a new work order in Track-It. Be sure you provide a contact number to be included in the work order.
  3. TS Service Desk: A TS Service Desk staff member will contact the teacher or staff person directly to resolve the issue.
Working From Home TS Resources: Please log into Office 365 at https://portal.office.com/ to access these resources.

Time and Effort Reporting Form

All employees who are working remotely will need to complete a Time and Effort form every pay period. This includes hourly and salaried employees.

Only submit this form once per pay period.

Important: This file is on Office 365. To access this file, log into Office365 first at https://portal.office.com/. Enter your TUSD email (firstname.lastname@tusd1.org) and your TUSD network login.

Click this link to access the form: Time and Effort Reporting Form on Office 365.

Remember: you must be logged into Office 365 for the form to work!

Use this same form for each pay period.

Detailed Instructions

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Payroll - Important Information for 2020-2021

Be sure to check this memo from Payroll for important information for the 2020-2021 school year!

Important Information from Payroll for 2020-2021 (in PDF)

Educating from Home - Resources for Teachers

Educating from Home Teacher Resources: Please log into Office 365 at https://portal.office.com/ to access these resources.

Log In to Office 365

To access many of the resources and shared files and forms we will be using while working remotely, you will need to log into Office365.

Log in here: https://portal.office.com/. Enter your TUSD email (firstname.lastname@tusd1.org) and your TUSD network login.

Zoom How-Tos and FAQ

Return to Work Options Memo from HR - June 25, 2020

Shelter in Place Terms and Instructions

Shelter In Place Terms and Instructions (in PDF)

Questions about practices and procedures while working from home? See this infographic from HR!

Resources for Coping with Stress and Anxiety

For suggestions on coping with stress and anxiety during this time, please see these resources.

Need to talk with someone?

Jorgensen Brooks, our Employee Assistance Program, offers telephone and virtual, online chat throughout the closure, and at any time: www.jorgensenbrooks.com.

Free WiFi Map for Arizona

Use this free WiFi map from Connect Arizona to find free public WiFi hotspots at public libraries, schools, businesses, and other sites. Some sites may offer indoor public access during business hours, others provide access in the parking lot only. Everyone using the sites - outside or inside - is encouraged to practice social distancing precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary.

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