Services for our Comox District Teachers
HEALTH & WELLNESS REFERRAL PROGRAM
This program is available to all teachers who currently have a contract. You do not have to be on a medical leave to access this program. This program can be used to help you maintain balance in your life. You can also get ergonomic assessments at any time if you are feeling any physical pain at work. Your employer has an obligation to accommodate you if you are in pain, but you need to go through the process to get assessed by an ergonomic specialist. Our local health & wellness consultant, Nelda Adamus, is a trained ergonomic specialist. If you are feeling any of the main symptoms of stress such as headaches, upset stomach, low energy/always tired, tense muscles, feeling overwhelmed, nervousness, trouble sleeping, trouble eating, or irritability it is strongly recommended that you consider referring yourself to the Health & Wellness program to start to develop a plan to help yourself.
Please know that SD71 fully supports this program and the district actively refers teachers to the CDTA who they think would benefit from the program. No matter what stage you are at in your teaching career, you may need some help. This program can meet everyone’s needs.
EMPLOYEE FAMILY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EFAP)
Finally, some teachers won’t use sick days because they are afraid of running out of them. Please knowthat you pay into a sick leave insurance plan called the salary indemnity plan (SIP). In a nutshell, this plan pays for an additional 120 sick days for you every year if you need them. The amount you get per day is actually about 55% of your regular pay, but it is tax free so your take home pay is about 70-75% of what you normally get. This may be the best program that the BCTF has for teachers, and many teachers know nothing about it! Knowing that this is there can take the stress out of deciding whether or not to use your sick days. You will still have an income if you need to be off sick when you are out of sick days. Every teacher on contract can access this at any time. There is an application process, so any teacher that is getting low on sick days should be applying before you run out. The Health & Wellness plan consultant is well versed in this program and can help teachers know when it is the right time to access this program. For a SIP package please contact the office (250)338-1461 ext 3 or call Nelda at (250) 218-9852 for more info.
REDUCING YOUR ASSIGNMENT FOR MEDICAL REASONS & SUPPORT RESOURCES
To reduce your assignment for medical reasons, first you need to go to your doctor and explain what symptoms you may be experiencing. You then need to have a conversation with your doctor about how to work on alleviating those symptoms. In essence, you need to work with your doctor to create a wellness plan. Quite often, a part of that plan is to reduce your teaching assignment or to take a full medical leave for a set period of time. Your doctor will need to complete some SD71 paperwork in order for that to happen. You should take the paperwork with you to the first appointment.
If your doctor is unsure about your return to work date he/she should write the word “unknown.” This means that your medical leave will continue for the rest of the current school year unless your doctor clears you to return earlier.
Here is the link to the form for a full medical leave of more than 20 working days: FULL MEDICAL FORM SD71Here is the link to the form for a partial medical leave: PARTIAL MEDICAL LEAVE FORM SD71
(this is called having the ability to work with limitations – the limitation can be the amount of time you can work in a day or the number of days you can work in a week)
When you are ready to return to work full time you will need your doctor to clear you to return to work using the form at this link: RETURN TO WORK MEDICAL FORM SD71
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