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

Please review the Employee Benefits Guide for 2020-2021 for more details! Click Here to view or download in Spanish.

SUSD Employee Benefits Guide 2020-2021

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 the Payroll Deduction Schedule FY2021

HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices


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

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

Mutual of Omaha Life Insurance

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). 

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.

Qualifying Event Matrix

Download as PDF


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 https://visions.susd12.org/ess to enroll

iVisions Benefits Enrollment

iVisions Web Portal

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