Employee Benefits

San Diego Unified School District offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. There is a choice of five medical and three dental plan options, vision coverage, employee assistance program, district-paid employee basic life insurance equal to one times your annual salary, voluntary employee life insurance, voluntary dependent life insurance and voluntary accidental death and dismemberment coverage.
 

No employee contribution is required for eligible employees in paid status in monthly salaried positions of half-time or more. The district pays the full cost of the medical, dental and vision plans selected for these employees and their eligible dependents.  The district also pays the cost of basic life insurance for eligible employees.

The amount that an employee may be required to pay for coverage may change annually. These amounts are announced during the Open Enrollment period held in November. Any required employee contribution is made through automatic payroll deduction on a ten-month basis, September through June.

Eligible employees may also choose to participate in a Health Care and/or Dependent Day Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

Eligible Employees

An active employee, in paid status, in a monthly-salaried position of half-time or more is eligible for medical, dental, vision, employee assistance program and life insurance coverage. Employees, in paid status, in a monthly-salaried position of half-time or more may enroll in district-sponsored benefits plans within 31 days of either: a.) the paid service begin date, b.) the acceptance of offer date, or c) the contract signature date whichever is the later.

Effective Date of Coverage

An employee’s coverage under the district-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance plans becomes effective as follows:

  • Employees hired and having a start date between the 1st and 15th of the month — Benefits will become effective on the first day of the month following the first day of paid service in a monthly salaried position of at least half-time work. EXAMPLE: An employee starting on August 10th would become eligible for benefits on September 1st.

  • Employees hired and starting work after the 15th of the month — Benefits will become effective the first day of the second full month of paid service in a monthly salaried position of half-time or more. EXAMPLE: An employee starting on August 26th would become eligible for benefits on October 1st.

Coverage for Eligible Dependents who are included on an employee's enrollment form becomes effective the same date as the employee's coverage. All enrollment forms must be received in the Employee Benefits Office no later than 31 days from the date the employee becomes eligible.