Employee Benefits

There are many benefits to working for Polk County Public Schools: competitive salaries, health insurance, employee health clinics, and the knowledge that you are making a difference in the lives of our children — just to name a few! The Risk Management & Employee Benefits department manages the insurance benefits for Polk County Public Schools, and is committed to securing the best value possible and meeting the needs of our employees. Here, we provide a quick glance at the many benefits that are available to PCPS employees.

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New Hire Insurance Benefits Information

Newly hired employees become eligible for insurance benefits the first of the month in which they reach 90 days of employment.

  • The Benefits Guide below provides details on your Polk County Public Schools insurance options
  • The New Hire Enrollment Form can be returned completed by courier to the Employee Benefits Department, Route E.

If you choose to waive health coverage, and you do not want to elect any supplemental plan options offered, please mark the “Waive PCSB Health Plan” box and complete the Group Term Life Beneficiary section.

Benefit Effective Dates

PCPS New Hire Employee Benefits are effective the 1st of the month in which they 90 days of employment. Please note employee-only health and the basic term life coverage are automatically effective. Enrollment for any additional coverage is considered to be a voluntary benefit and you must submit a New Hire Enrollment Form.

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Appointment Date Benefits Effective
Start End
10/4/18 11/3/18 1/1/19
11/4/18 12/1/18 2/1/19
12/2/18 1/1/19 3/1/19
1/2/19 1/31/19 4/1/19
2/1/19 3/3/19 5/1/19
3/4/19 4/2/19 6/1/19
4/3/19 5/3/19 7/1/19
5/4/19 6/3/19 8/1/19
6/4/19 7/3/19 9/1/19
7/4/19 8/3/19 10/1/19
8/4/19 9/2/19 11/1/19
9/3/19 10/3/19 12/1/19
10/4/19 11/3/19 1/1/20
11/4/19 12/2/19 2/1/20
12/3/19 1/2/20 3/1/20
1/3/20 2/1/20 4/1/20
2/2/20 3/3/20 5/1/20
3/4/20 4/2/20 6/1/20
4/3/20 5/3/20 7/1/20
5/4/20 6/3/250 8/1/20
6/4/20 7/3/20 9/1/20
7/4/20 8/3/20 10/1/20
8/4/20 9/2/20 11/1/20
9/3/20 10/3/20 12/1/20

2019 Group Insurance Plans Available to Employees

Employee benefits are effective the 1st day of the month in which employee reaches 90th day of employment

Polk County Public Schools is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package including board-funded employee health insurance and $20,000 Group Term Life including $10,000 AD&D coverage for the dedicated, hard-working employees that make daily contributions in the lives of students and fellow employees. The Risk Management and Employee Benefits Department continue to focus on Ongoing Well Living (OWL) for all employees and dependents! Our goal is to create WISE employee benefit consumers because Wise Individuals Stay Engaged!
The Risk Management and Employee Benefits Department are pleased to announce the PCPS Employee Health Clinics are available for all PCPS Employees to use from their date of hire regardless of health plan coverage and available to dependents (over the age of 2) once covered on the PCPS Health Plan.

administered by Florida Blue

  • $900 deductible per person / $1,800 per family—plan pays 80% employee responsible for 20% once deductible met
  • Out-of-pocket maximum $5,000 per person / $9,000 per family
  • $50 co-pay Family Physician, Specialist or Urgent Care Facility

administered by Delta Dental

  • Three dental plan options available—Low, Middle and High Plan options
  • Orthodontic benefits available Middle and High Plan options for children up age 19

administered by Florida Blue Prime

  • Mail order and retail pharmacy benefits available
  • $8 (30 day retail ) co-pay generic medications

administered by UnitedHealthCare Vision

  • $10 co-pay exam; $20 co-pay materials
  • Receive lens or contact lens once every calendar year
  • Receive new frames once every two calendar years

Polk County Public Schools is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package including board-funded employee health insurance and $20,000 Group Term Life including $10,000 AD&D coverage for the dedicated, hard-working employees that make daily contributions in the lives of students and fellow employees. The Risk Management and Employee Benefits Department continue to focus on Ongoing Well Living (OWL) for all employees and dependents! Our goal is to create WISE employee benefit consumers because Wise Individuals Stay Engaged!
The Risk Management and Employee Benefits Department are pleased to announce the PCPS Employee Health Clinics are available for all PCPS Employees to use from their date of hire regardless of health plan coverage and available to dependents (over the age of 2) once covered on the PCPS Health Plan.

administered by The Standard Insurance Company

  • $20,000 Basic Term Life and $10,000 AD&D coverage provided at no cost to the employee
  • Additional Group Term Life including AD&D available up to 5x’s salary
  • Dependent Life coverage available

administered by The Standard Insurance Company

  • Short and Long Term Disability plans available
  • Short Term Disability benefits pay up to 60% of employee weekly salary (based upon annual salary divided over 52 weeks)
  • Long Term Disability benefits pay up to 60% of employee monthly salary (based upon annual salary divided over 12 months)

Questions regarding benefits? Contact Risk Management 863-519-3858
Additional benefits information for current employees is available in the current Benefit Guide.

Employees who work at least 30 hours per week become eligible for insurance benefits the first date of the month in which they reach 90 days of employment. Benefits elected by the employee will be effective on this date.

Polk County Public Schools is pleased to offer group health, dental, vision, life and disability plans to benefits-eligible employees.

Yes, the Board funds employee health insurance and $20,000 basic term life insurance coverage. These benefits automatically become effective on your eligibility date.

Employees have 30 days from the date of hire to submit a completed New Hire Enrollment Form to Risk Management.

If an employee does not submit an enrollment form within 30 days they will be only be enrolled in the PCPS health plan with employee-only health coverage and $20,000 basic term life coverage. If an employee wishes to elect coverage outside of the 30 day enrollment period they must experience an IRS qualifying event or elect coverage during Open Enrollment.

If an employee does not wish to carry the PCPS health plan they MUST submit a New Hire Enrollment Form electing to “Waive the PCPS Health Plan”. If an employee does not waive coverage during this initial period they must experience an IRS qualifying event or wait until Open Enrollment.

Employees may make changes to their PCPS insurance benefits during the middle of a plan year if they have experienced an IRS qualifying event.

If you have any questions regarding your insurance benefits please contact Risk Management at 863-519-3858 opt. 1.