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Madison Metropolitan School District

Employee Handbook 2021-2022

Addendum A: SECTION 11 POST-EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

11.3 Use of Accrued Personal Illness Leave for Insurance
  1. Use of Balance

    1. PSLA Balance: Teachers who are over fifty-five (55) years of age upon retirement and are an immediate annuitant of the Wisconsin Retirement Fund shall receive the equivalent value of their accumulated unused sick leave credits, up to a maximum of two hundred (200) days, computed at the teacher’s prevailing daily rate in effect at the time of the teacher’s retirement. Teachers who meet the eligibility standards set forth above shall also receive the equivalent value of up to fifty percent (50%) of their accumulated unused sick leave credits in excess of two hundred (200) days computed at the teacher’s prevailing daily rate in effect at the time of the teacher’s retirement.

    2. Use of Funds in on Retirement: These funds will be utilized to pay the full premium of the teacher’s continued participation in the life, long-term care, dental, hospital, surgical, and medical group insurance plan or Medicare supplement then in force for employees until said funds are exhausted.

      (a)  Employees who (1) retire; (2) have spouses actively working on the District’s staff at the time of retirement; (3) transfer to their spouse’s District coverage, may, at the option of the employee, bank their accrued personal illness leave until such time as they elect to utilize it or their spouse leaves District employment, whichever occurs first.

      Employees who (1) retire; (2) are participating in TERP, may, at the option of the employee, bank their accrued personal illness leave until such time as they elect to utilize it.

      (b)  Upon retirement, a teacher may switch his/her health and dental insurance coverage to that of a working spouse and return to coverage available by the District at such time as a qualifying event occurs. The retiree under this section must submit application for insurance, with evidence of the qualifying event, within thirty (30) days of the loss of family coverage as a result of the following qualifying events: (1) their spouse’s death; (2) their spouse’s termination; (3) divorce; (4) the reduction of one’s spouse’s hours of work which results in the loss of eligibility of health insurance for the spouse via his/her employer; or (5) when the spouse of the employee who has carried the family health insurance experiences a significant reduction in benefits.

  2. In the event a new health insurance program is established for teachers employed by the District, retired teachers shall be eligible to participate in same with their premiums being paid from their accrued personal illness leave.

  3. If a retired employee dies and is receiving benefits under this section, his/her spouse will continue to receive benefits which are in force at the time of the death of the retired employee until the first of the following occurs:

    1. Said funds are exhausted;

    2. The spouse elects to discontinue coverage in the District benefits programs;

    3. The spouse dies; or

    4. The spouse remarries.

  4. Teachers who continue on LTD more than three (3) months may elect to use their RIA to pay the total health insurance premiums for month thirteen (13) and thereafter.

  5. Eligibility:

    1. Teachers who retire after reaching age fifty-five (55) or before reaching age fifty- five (55) and eligible for TERP, are eligible to use their accrued personal illness leave.

  6. Accrued personal illness leave may be used for the payment of insurance premiumsfrom the District’s health insurance plans or from a non-District sponsored group health insurance plan and/or Medicare supplement plan. The following delineates the procedure for the retiree’s election and enrollment in the RIA.

    1. The retiree (and/or the retiree’s spouse) shall have the option to select in writing at the time of application for retirement pursuant to the timelines in paragraph a) below, and annually on or before August 1st prior to the beginning of the subsequent school year once retired to either continue in the District’s health insurance or to participate in a non-District sponsored group health insurance plan or Medicare supplement subject to the following terms and conditions:

      1. Such written election shall be filed with the Department of Human Resources by August 1st prior to the beginning of the subsequent school year.

      2. The retiree shall be notified at the time of retirement of the total amount of funds available from their accrued personal illness leave.

      3. If the retiree (and/or the retiree’s spouse) elects to continue or re-enroll in the District’s health insurance, he/she shall only be eligible to participate in the District’s health insurance coverage(s) pursuant to the eligibility and enrollment terms of the District’s insurance carrier(s).

      4. If the retiree (and/or the retiree’s spouse) elects to enroll in a non-District sponsored group health insurance plan, he/she shall be eligible for insurance subject to the eligibility and enrollment terms of the applicable non-District sponsored group health insurance carriers. The retiree may be eligible to re- enroll in the District’s health insurance after the retiree has enrolled in a non- District sponsored group health insurance plan pursuant to the eligibility and enrollment terms of the District’s insurance carrier(s).