As our school district prides itself in providing excellence in education for all students, the Kingsport City Schools Human Resources Department also strives to provide exceptional service in support of our students, staff, and community.
Staff appointed to a position working at least 30 hours per week and more than 4 months per year are eligible for KCS benefits beginning the first of the month following their first day of employment/eligibility or immediately if the first day of eligibility is the first day of the month.
An employee has 31 days from his/her date of employment/eligibility to make enrollment decisions. If an employee has not enrolled within the 31-day period, he/she will be enrolled in a default plan.
During the annual open enrollment period (October each year), employees can change their elections. Current elections will continue to the next calendar year if open enrollment elections are not submitted, with the exception of the flexible spending accounts and the health savings account contribution. Employees must re-enroll in these plans each year.
For additional information, please login to the KCS Employee Intranet - Employee Benefits.
Employee health affects more than just medical costs. A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce. Did you know that between 70 to 90 percent of health care spending is caused by preventable, modifiable health risks? Unhealthy lifestyle choices often lead to chronic diseases, costing businesses more than one trillion dollars in lost productivity alone.
The essence of the KCS Healthy Habits program is to encourage our employees to take preventive measures to avert the onset or worsening of an illness or disease and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Did you know that our School Nurses do more than take care of our students? In fact, they treat staff just as much as our students.
Some school nurses even facilitate a Weight Loss Challenge each year for staff members. There are typically 12-16 participants and the challenge involves a cash award for the person who loses most percentage of body weight. The nurse facilitates the challenge by keeping track of weights and providing information regarding resources for BMI, diet comparisons, etc.