The Eagle Eye
A Focus on Well-being
News & Updates
Employees with Joplin Schools insurance will be offered FREE flu shots from Freeman Health Systems. In addition, those without Joplin Schools insurance as well as district employee spouses can pay a low price of $23.98 to receive a flu shot.

We will visit  ALL  district locations, beginning October 14, 2019. Plus, the first 200 employees without the district medical insurance will receive a free flu shot courtesy of Joplin Schools Wellness! (135 left!) Don't wait, don't hesitate, sign-up now!

Mandatory Annual Notices have been posted to the website and sent on email. You may also view here by selecting either the PPO Plan's Annual Notice or the HSA Plan Annual Notice !
Eagle Nation Benefit News
Hey, Eagle Nation!

Do you want to learn more about your benefits and how to save money? Keep an Eagle Eye out each month as we focus on your health and financial well-being . Watch for money saving tips and other information you need to know!
Choose the right health care setting
Where you go for medical services can make a big difference in how much you pay and how long you wait to see a health care provider. Click here to learn more!
What is a...
Answer - A self-insured group health plan (or a 'self-funded' plan as it is also called) is one in which the employer assumes the financial risk for providing health care benefits to its employees. In practical terms, self-insured employers pay for each out of pocket claim as they are incurred instead of paying a fixed premium to an insurance carrier, which is known as a fully-insured plan. Typically, a self-insured employer will set up a special trust fund to earmark money (corporate and employee contributions) to pay incurred claims.
...and what about deductibles?
District Medical Plan - the plan year, deductible and out-of-pocket maximum starts over October 1 and continues to September 30, 2020.

Dental and vision - while open enrollment elections for dental and vision are effective as of October 1, the plan year is a calendar year. Your dental deductible will start over January 1. If you changed from the Base Dental to the Buy-up Dental plan, you have up to $1,500 in benefits beginning October 1 that are payable by MetLife through December 31, minus any amount paid by MetLife from January 1 - September 30. Frequency limitations still apply.
Verify your deductions!
Don't forget to verify your insurance premium deductions that they are correct! October insurance premiums are deducted from your September check.
Flex and HSA employee contributions begin in October.

Health Screening Benefits!

If you enrolled in MetLife Cancer or Critical Illness Insurance, don't forget the health screening benefit! You'll receive $50 or $100 for completing one of the screening/prevention measures listed. It's that easy!

For more information click on the appropriate link for High Plan or Low Plan.

Certificate Number: 5921729
Address/Phone Number Change?
Now is a great time to verify your address and phone number is current in Employee Service Portal.

If changes need to be made, please email Melissa Smith at

SafeSchools Training
The deadline is quickly approaching! Please login to SafeSchools and complete the required training for the year. You can login here!

  • Just a reminder that certified staff can complete their training anytime! Classified staff need to complete their training when they are on the clock.

Having difficulties? Try the Troubleshooting Tips
Calendar of Events
Access our District Calendar on our website or by clicking here for the Google calendar. Stay up to date with district events.

Don't see a district-wide event on here? Email to get it added. Thanks for helping us help you know about district happenings.
2019-2020 School Calendar Now Available
Cheers & Tears
Welcome to the Eagle Family
Please join us in welcoming our newest employees to the Eagle Family!

Remembering Gloria Troyer
Gloria Jean Troyer, age 75, Joplin, passed away at 6:10 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2019 at her home.

Gloria was born September 8, 1944 in Joplin. In her younger years, she worked alongside her mother as a waitress at Grace's Cozy Corner and at the Red Barn for many years. She also worked for the school district in the cafeteria. When it was time for her to retire, Gloria Jean was content on spending time with her family and enjoying crafts. She also sewed and made leather goods. She will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Gloria Jean was preceded in death by her husband, James Troyer; a sister, Ginger Thompson; and a brother, Paul Wright. 

Survivors include her children, Gregg Troyer, Belinda Fortner, David Troyer, J.M. Troyer, Christopher Troyer; a sister, Yvonne Janicke; several grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Safety Tip
Wellness Tip
Happy Fall Y'all!
1) Start taking a Vitamin D supplement. We get most of our Vitamin D from the sun, so our intake decreases when the weather is colder since we spend most of our time inside during the fall/winter seasons. If you find you are not getting outside much, a Vitamin D supplement can boost your mood and immune system!  
2) Take some time to yourself. Autumn and winter are the Earth’s way of telling us to slow down.  
3) Get your flu shot and yearly check-up. Self explanatory! No one likes sniffling and aching and sneezing and coughing getting in the way of life. Yuck.
4) Moisturize your skin. Harsh temperatures can make your skin dry. Also, you still should be wearing sunscreen. 
5) Buy in-season food. Beets, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kale, pumpkin, broths, roasted squash, roots and sautéed dark leafy greens are all great choices. I don't think pumpkin spice lattes count. But you do you! 
"Do something today that your future self will thank you for."

Employee Discounts

Don't forget to use Employee Discounts while shopping locally - you can find those here:   Employee Discounts .
The Eagle Eye: A Focus on Well-being is a monthly e-newsletter where you will find news, updates, reminders, wellness challenges, celebrations, etc. from the human resources department! The e-newsletter will be shared during the last week of each month. Thanks for viewing!