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USD 450 Employee Benefits Information:



USD 450 Employee Benefits Information:


Blue Cross Health Insurance Plan Information:

Employees can choose from three health care plans.  To see a one­ page comparison of the three plans click on this link: USD 450 Health Insurance Plan Comparison at a Glance

For help in understanding the medical plans below and the medical terms used in these plans, we highly recommend reading this document: Glossary of Health Coverage and Medical Terms

For more in depth information on the three health care plans click on the plans below:

Preventive Services are covered 100% under the Affordable Care Act.  The following flyer contains a list of preventive services that are covered:  BCBS Preventive Services

NEW TELEHEALTH SERVICE AVAILABLE:  Visit a doctor online 24/7/365 and it will be billed through your BCBS insurance.  For more info and directions on how to register:  BCBS Telehealth through Amwell

Healthy Options Wellness Media Library:  This wellness media library contains numberous health videos, eLearning modules, webinars and articles for all employees of USD 450.  Healthy Options Wellness Media Library

Vision Care Direct Plan Information:

  • To learn how to print your membership card, find a doctor in your area, access your online account, and other services offered by Vision Care Direct, click on:  Vision Care Direct Member Services 

Delta Dental Insurance Plan Information:

  • To Learn how to print an ID card, search for a dentist near you, download the Delta Dental mobile app and more, go to:  Delta Dental Benefits Guide

Health Savings Account (HSA) Information:

  • If you choose the KE­12 High Deductibe Health Care plan you may be eligible to have a Health Savings Account (HSA).  Click on this link to help determine if you are eligible to have a HSA: HSA Eligibility Matrix
  • HSA maximum annual contributions are:  
    • Self Only = $3400 per year
    • Family = $6750 per year
    • Age 55+ = $1000 extra allowed per year for self or family
  • Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions about HSA’s: FAQ’s about HSA’s
  • Here is the link to log into your HSA Account:

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Information:

  • Employees are eligible to have Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts. For more info on these accounts go to the American Fidelity websites: Health FSA, Dependent Care FSA

Flex Spending Account Holder Information 

  • Log into your account at
  • The calendar year for Flexible Spending Accounts is Oct. 1 to Sept 30.
  • If you have money left in the Flexible Spending Account on Sept 30, up to $500 will automatically roll over to the next years Flex Account. Any money over $500 left in the account at the end of the calendar year will be lost.
  • If you roll over money to a new year then you still can only have a total of $2600 max in the flex account. In other words you cannot roll over money and then add $2600 of new money to the account. You have to subtract the rollover amount from $2600 and that is your maximum new election amount.
  • You cannot use your Flex Spending Debit Card to spend down rollover money. You will have to submit receipts to American Fidelity to spend down rollover money.
  • You have up to 90 days after Sept 30 to turn in any receipts from the previous calendar years. 

Can I make a change to my medical insurance in the middle of the year?

  • In general you cannot change your medical insurance mid year. In order to be eligible to change your medical insurance you must experience a Qualifying Life Event. (Example: getting married, having a baby, or a spouses open enrollment.) For a full list of Qualifying Life Events refer to this document: Qualifying_Event_Matrix.pdf
  • If you experience a Qualifying Life Event, you have 30 days from the date of the event to make changes to your medical insurance.

403(b) Investing Options

A 403(b) is a retirement plan that's designed for public schools and other nonprofits. It's very similar to a 401(k).  The advantage of a 403(b) Plan is that your taxable income is reduced by the amount you contribute into the plan. Distributions from your 403(b) are subject to federal income taxes.  An annuity offers you many options upon retirement, such as a guaranteed lifetime income. Tax law permits you to withdraw contributions under certain circumstances outside of retirement but there are restrictions.

USD 450 has the following 403b Investment Providers:  (Note:  Our Third Party Administrator is AFPlanServ, Phone #: 405-416-8570)

  • Aspire Financial Services
    • For more info or to invest, call client services at 866-634-5873.
    • Website (shows investment options/performance): Aspire Financial 403b
  • The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company
    • For more info or to invest, call customer service at 800-448-2542.
  • Thrivent Financial For Lutherans
  • Waddell & Reed Inc
    • For more info or to invest, call Retirement Plans at 888-923-3355.

457 Investing Option

KPERS 457 is the State of Kansas deferred compensation plan. It’s a voluntary savings plan for all state employees and some local employees.

With KPERS 457, investing is easy. One option is a Vanguard Target Retirement Fund. Just choose the fund closest to the year you plan to retire, and the fund will do the rest. KPERS 457 even has a Roth option!

  How it works

  • You choose how much to save and when with a traditional pretax 457 account or a 457 Roth account
  • You can start or stop anytime
  • Contributions are automatically deducted from your paycheck
  • You can start with as little as $12 per pay period
  • If you have a both a 457 plan and 403b plan you can contribute up to the max amount in both plans!


For more Information and to Enroll in KPERS 457:

American Fidelity Insurance Products:

CREDITABLE and NON-CREDITABLE Prescription Drug Coverage And Medicare Information:

  • The links below have information about your current prescription drug coverage with Shawnee Heights USD 450 and about your options under Medicare’s prescription drug coverage. This information can help you decide whether or not you want to join a Medicare drug plan:

Accommodations for Breastfeeding Employees

USD 450 recognizes the importance of supporting employee families and that it is important for working mothers to have the option and ability to express milk in the workplace.  Therefore, the district has developed policies that provide nursing mothers adequate locations and reasonable break times for expressing milk after the birth of their child. 

For more information on the districts policy and responsibilities of the district and the employee, please read the following document:  USD 450 Breastfeeding Employees Support


Kansas law requires that all eligible school employees must become members of KPERS. As an active member, you contribute 6% of your gross earnings to your KPERS account and your contributions earn interest annually. After five years of service you are considered vested in KPERS and are guaranteed a retirement benefit, even if you leave employment.

For more information on KPERS Retirement or to sign up for a seminar/webinar, go to:  KPERS Retirement Information Center

To access your KPERS Annual Statement you need to log into your KPERS account (first time users will need to enroll as a new user):  KPERS Member Account

If you plan to work for a school district or other KPERS employer after you retire, make sure you read the information on Working After Retirement.  


  • Paid Health Insurance
  • Salary Reduction Plan
  • Salary Credit for Previous Experience
  • Sick, Personal and Bereavement Leave
  • Workers Compensation
  • Accommodations for Breastfeeding Employees
  • KPERS (Insurance, Disability, Retirement)
  • In­Service Programs and Professional Leave
  • Early Retirement Program
  • Paid Curriculum Committees
  • New Teacher Academy
  • Mentor Teacher Program