Application for Reasonable Accomodation
SCRS Beneficiary Form 1102
Universal Name or Address Change Form


COBRA is short for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985. This act requires that continuation of group insurance coverage be offered to covered persons who lose health, dental or vision coverage due to a qualifying event as defined in the act. Visit our COBRA webpage for complete information.

Dental Benefits

The State Dental Plan is provided at no cost to the employee ONLY if the employee is enrolled in the dental plan.  Visit our Dental Benefits webpage for complete information.


Visit the Disability webpage for complete information on Basic Long-term Disability (BLTD), Supplemental Long-term Disability (SLTD), SLTD premium rates, how to file a claim, and links to the Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) website.

End of School Year Notice, Resignation, SC State Transfer, Full Service Retirement & Payroll Issues

Always notify your supervisor in writing if you are resigning, retiring, or transferring employment to another South Carolina school district or state agency.  Your supervisor will submit the notification, along with a Personnel Action Notice, to Human Resources. Learn more about processing official requests.


The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides up to 12 work weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a year time-frame for qualified employees. It requires that group health benefits be maintained at the expense of the Beaufort County School District employee during the leave. Read the detailed FLMA Q&A to learn more.

Flex Spending Accounts

Learn about the types of Flexible Spending Accounts.

Health and Prescription Benefits

Review the available Health and Prescriptions Benefits.

How Do I...

Learn about benefits, insurance cards, name change, beneficiary change, payroll, resignation and more.  

Important Phone Numbers

An extensive list of important phone numbers and websites.

Life Insurance

If you are an employee of a participating entity of the state of South Carolina, you may enroll in the Optional Life Insurance Plan within 30 days of your date of hire.

To enroll:

  • You must complete the required forms.
  • Coverage is not automatic. You can elect coverage, in $10,000 increments, up to the lesser of three times your basic annual earnings (rounded down to the nearest $10,000) or $500,000 without providing medical evidence of good health.
  • You can select a higher benefit level, in increments of $10,000, up to a maximum of $500,000, by providing medical evidence of good health.
Your coverage begins on the first day of the calendar month following your hire date in which you enroll in the Optional Life plan.

If you enroll for an amount of coverage that requires medical evidence of good health, your coverage effective date for the amount requiring medical evidence will be the first of the month following approval.

MetLife (Policy #200879-1-G)
Basic Life, Optional Life, Dependent Life Insurance
P. O. Box 14401, Lexington, KY, 40512-4401 
Customer Service:  800-438-6388 
Statement of Health:  800-638-6420, Option 1 
Claims:  800-638-6420 
Continuation:  866-492-6983: Conversion:  877-275-6387 
FAX:  866-545-7517


MyBenefits provides active employees, covered by the Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) Insurance Benefits, with a newer, better, more convenient way to manage their benefits.

Open Enrollment

The Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) Insurance Open Enrollment is October 1 - 31, 2018.

Open Enrollment materials will be delivered to all schools and departments by September 30, 2018. To view the Insurance Advantage and/or the MyBenefits Program (only during the month of October 2018), go online to the Public Employment Benefit Authority (PEBA). You can make changes by accessing MyBenefits or check with your office manager or department supervisor to schedule an appointment with a Ward Services representative. 

All changes elected during the October Open Enrollment will become effective January 1, 2019.

Please note that Ward Services representatives are not Beaufort County School District employees, therefore, all benefit requests that are not related to or allowed as part of the Open Enrollment should be emailed to the following Human Resources-Benefits personnel: Velda Vaughn (843-322-2378) or Rosella Robinson (843-322-2405).


Beaufort County School District has partnered with PenServ as the 403(b) third party administrator. PenServ will process the various payroll deductions in an electronic format and will be the sole record keeper for all new vendor enrollments, changes, etc. Employees may view their account information online at PenServ or contact Customer Service at 800-849-4001.


BCSD Retirement Services offers a seminar to help begin the planning process for retirement. The PEBA seminar schedule can be found online or you may schedule a consultation by telephone or in person at the PEBA Retirement office. 

South Carolina Deferred Compensation (SCDCP)

The SCDCP offers 401(k) and 457 savings plans, both of which have a Roth option. These voluntary retirement savings plans can help you supplement your Retirement Systems’ pension or your State ORP savings. You can participate in both of these plans. There is no Employers’ contribution for any voluntary retirement savings plan. If you participate, you decide how much to have deducted automatically from your pay and where to invest your money among the mutual funds and other investment products offered. The investment earnings on your tax-deferred savings also grow tax-deferred. You don’t pay taxes on your account until you take it out of the plans. With the Roth option, you can make after-tax contributions today and generally take tax-free withdrawals at retirement. Employees will need to check with their payroll office to find out if this option is available to them. For more information about the SCDCP, call Great-West, the Program's record keeper and administrator, at 877-457-6263 or visit SCDCP's  website.

Sick Leave Bank

A Sick Leave Bank (Bank) for catastrophic illness and/or injury for active, full-time eligible employees will be established and administered in accordance with the procedures set forth by Human Resource Services Policy 48: Sick Leave Bank. The Bank can provide payment during extended sick leave to an employee (not family member) for catastrophic illness, injury, or incapacitation sufficiently severe to self so that regular attendance at work is inadvisable and/or impossible. Visit the sick leave bank webpage for complete details.

Tobacco Use Certification
Vision Plan

If an employee elects coverage under one of the state health care plans and uses a tobacco product, an employee will be charged a $40 monthly surcharge. If the employee has a dependent spouse /child(ren) listed on the state health plan and that dependent uses a tobacco product, the surcharge will be $60 per month.

All employees must certify that no one covered under his or her health insurance plan uses tobacco products, and that no one has used the product during the past six months by completing a Certification Regarding Tobacco Use form.

If you have not certified, or need to change your certification, download the certification regarding tobacco use form and complete as follows:

  • Write/type the employee's name and social security number on the subscriber name and BIN/SSN line.
  • Mark the appropriate boxes (Non-tobacco user premium or Tobacco user premium)
  • The employee will sign the form on the subscriber's signature line and then date the form.
Return the form to the Benefits Administrator for signature and then the form will be sent to PEBA Insurance Company for processing. The certification will be effective the first of the month after PEBA Insurance Company receives the form. You will be automatically charged the tobacco-user premium, unless you complete the Certification Regarding Tobacco Use form.  State Health Plan and BlueChoice HealthPlan subscribers and their covered dependents can participate in the Tobacco Cessation Program by calling 866-784-8454. A subscriber and his covered dependents can apply for the non-tobacco-user premium after being tobacco free for six months, by completing the Certification Regarding Tobacco Use form. For more information, please call PEBA Insurance Benefits Customer Service at 888-260-9430.

Vision Plan

The BCSD vision program is offered through EyeMed Vision Care®Medical care of your eyes will continue to be covered by your health plan.

You will receive a:

  • Comprehensive exam once a year with a $10 copay with an in-network provider.
  • Frames once every year, in-network $150 allowance.
  • Contacts in-network $130 allowance.
  • Available as an option to elect the vision plan during the Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) Insurance October Open Enrollments for employees who qualify for benefits.
  • EyeMed also has an app that provides the same access as EyeMed's member website, available for iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch and Android devices. 

For complete information, visit our Vision Plan webpage.