Welcome to the Sunnyside Human Resources Benefits Department!

The Sunnyside Benefits Department is constantly looking for more ways to better serve our Sunnyside Unified School District employees, prospective employees and community. Please review the information contained on this site and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions on how to make this website work better for you.

Snapshot Information

  • Upon hire, employees are eligible for insurance on the first of the month following 30 days after their initial hire date.
  • Our plan year runs from July 1st through June 30th.
  • Open Enrollment occurs in May and notification will be made through different communication outlets during April and May.
SUSD 2021 SUSD Employee Benefits Guide 2020-2021
Please review the Employee Benefits Guide for 2020-2021 for more details!
Click Here to view or download in Spanish.

Current Year Benefits Deductions

Beginning August 14, 2020 your insurance premiums will be deducted from your paycheck. During the 2020/2021 benefit plan year, our employees will have a maximum of 21 pay period deductions for their benefits. This will affect ALL employees who elected benefits. Payroll deductions will include medical, dental, vision and all voluntary life insurances you may have elected.

Coverage for all benefits will begin July 1.

Please review your direct deposit paystub in detail to ensure that the appropriate deductions are coming out of your paycheck. The insurance confirmation statement produced during open enrollment will display your insurance elections and bi-weekly deduction amounts.

To view your paystub, log on to the iVisions web portal at visions.susd12.org.

Click here to view:

Benefit Providers:


Sunnyside’s Medical provider effective September 1, 2017.

Magellan RX

Sunnyside’s Medical provider effective September 1, 2017.

Payer Matrix

Sunnyside's Specialty Drug Advocate.

Delta Dental HMO (Delta Care)

Effective September 1, 2019. Replaces TDA Dental.

Group Number: 79143

Delta Dental PPO Buy Up and Base Plans

Effective September 1, 2019. Replaces Metlife.

Superior Vision

Effective September 1, 2019. Replaces EyeMed.

Mutual of Omaha

Sunnyside’s Basic and Supplemental Life insurance provider effective September 1, 2017.

Phone: 1 (800) 775-8805

The following forms are for employees who are no longer eligible for life insurance due to separation from the district, on a Board Approved Leave of Absence or have experienced a Qualifying Event that eliminates life insurance coverage(s).

Deer Oaks Employee Assistance Program

Sunnyside offers an EAP program to all benefit eligible employees - please take advantage of this great benefit!

Colonial Life

Sunnyside’s Voluntary insurance provider.

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Sunnyside’s Insurance Provider.

Agent: David Wilson

Horace Mann

Sunnyside’s Insurance Provider.

Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)

Sunnyside is a participant in the ASRS - providing our employees with retirement and Long Term Disability contributions.

Website: AZASRS.gov

PayFlex COBRA Administrator

All COBRA participants work with PayFlex COBRA Administration

Website: PayFlex.com

Flexible Benefit Administrators FSA

Sunnyside’s FSA and DSA provider effective September 1, 2015

HSA Bank

Sunnyside’s HSA provider effective September 1, 2015.

Website: HSABbank.com

CBIZ Claims Advocate

Sunnyside’s Claims Advocate for Medical, Dental and Vision.

Advocate: Angela Schlosser
Advocate Email: aschlosser@cbiz.com
Advocate Phone: (520) 321-7503
Website: CBIZ.com


LegalShield gives you the ability to talk to an attorney on any matter without worrying about the high hourly costs. From real estate to divorce advice, identity theft and beyond, we have your rights covered. They also offer Identity Theft monitoring.

Please Note: This is a month to month paid service; you may opt out any time after the first month. See a service plan contract for complete terms, coverage, amounts, conditions and exclusions.

Independent Associate: Cassie Prinke


Sunnyside Employees can now get their vehicles repaired while at work or at home (if needed). SUSD employees get special pricing oil changes and a 10% discount on all other services, plus the $35 trip charge is waived.

  1. Downloading the "OOROO Auto" app on either Apple Store or Google Play Store
  2. Visiting my.OOROAuto.com/go/SunnySide, then creating a profile with basic information about you and your vehicle. In the notes section, please specify your location and address.
  3. A Customer Service Advisor will contact you to confirm details. Payment for services can be done online, through the app, and in person. Technicians can accept debit and credit cards.

Benefits changes

The Benefits Office is here for you when life changes. If you have any questions or concerns about using the attached forms and information, feel free to contact us at HR-Benefits@susd12.org or by calling extensions 2136 or 2067.

Need help deciding what medical plan to choose? Click here to access a benefits calculator guide

ADA Accommodations

It is District policy to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sunnyside Unified School District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to its employees and applicants for employment in order to assure that individuals with disabilities enjoy full access to equal employment opportunities.

If you have a disability and need accommodations to attend a hiring interview, please notify the interview scheduler at the time you are contacted to schedule an interview.

ADA accommodations are handled by the Human Resources Department. For ADA intake, follow up or general questions, please email hrada@susd12.org.

FMLA - Family Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. This fact sheet provides general information about which employers are covered by the FMLA, when employees are eligible and entitled to take FMLA leave, and what rules apply when employees take FMLA leave.


General Information

Qualifying Events

The Qualifying Events Matrix explains some of the events that would qualify you to make changes to your insurance benefits at times other than the open enrollment period. If you experience any of these events and would like to make changes, please contact the Benefits Department via phone or email to start the process.


You must meet specific requirements for wages earned or time worked during an established period of time, be determined to be unemployed through no fault of your own (determined under state law) and meet other eligibility requirements to qualify for Unemployment Insurance benefits.

To qualify for UI benefits, you must be out of work through no fault of your own. Workers who are laid off for economic reasons due to a plant closing, a reduction-in-force, or because of lack of work, for example -- are considered to be unemployed through no fault of their own. If your reason for separation from your last job is due to some reason, a determination will be made about whether or not you are eligible for benefits. All determinations of whether or not a person is eligible for benefits are made by the appropriate Arizona Revised Statute, Administrative Code or applicable federal laws.

Letters of Reasonable Assurance (i.e., Work Agreements/Contracts) -
If an employee has received a Work Agreement from SUSD, they are considered to have active employment and therefore do not qualify for umployment benefits. This applies for periods when the school district is on break and includes fall, winter, spring, and summer.


When you are ready to retire, please contact the HR Department at ext. 2003 for the necessary paperwork to get your started on your next adventure in life! HR will notify the Benefits office, who will send you information in the mail about continuing your coverages.

Risk Management

If you are injured on the job, regardless of whether you will need time off as a result of your injury or not, please contact Ken Kmak at extension 2175, or email kennethk@susd12.org.

How to enroll

Log on to visions.susd12.org/ess to enroll

iVisions Benefits Enrollment

iVisions Web Portal

Download Web Portal "How-to"

Open Enrollment is Here!

May 8th through May 31st is your once a year opportunity to review your benefit elections and to make changes.

Remember, this is the ONLY time of the year that you can make changes to your insurances without a qualifying event! Please review your benefit elections to ensure that you are properly covered. All changes must be made through Advantage Express the district’s online enrollment system and will become effective September 1, 2016.

To Help you Understand the Process - The Sunnyside Benefits Department would like to provide you with the 2016 Open Enrollment Presentation that was given at all sites during the month of April. The presentation is just under 15 minutes and can provide you with valuable information that you may have missed during the meeting.

Please click on the link below to view:

2016-2017 SUSD Open Enrollment Presentation

Historical Information:

Type Year Vendor
Medical 2017 - Current UMR
Medical 2013 - 2017 Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dental PPO 2019 - Current Delta Dental
Dental PPO 2016 - 2019 Metlife Dental
Dental PPO 2013 - 2016 Delta Dental
Dental HMO 2019 - Current Delta Dental
Dental HMO 2014 - 2019 TDA Dental
Dental HMO 2013 – 2014 Assurant Dental

Benefit E-Magazine

Our Benefit “handbook” that's full of all the information you need to make your benefit choices!