Essential Information for Today

COVID-19 Testing and your SDP insurance

If you have Keystone HMO pr Personal Choice PPO through the SDP, our plans cover testing for active COVID-19 (RT-PCR) at no cost. Click here for details and information on testing sites..

Weathering the Storm:

Looking for tips for your children returning to school?  Check out these resources.

Back to School Planning

Back to School Resources

Free webinar Coping With Pandemic Anxiety As Kids Return To School  (English)

This workshop is designed to help you cope with emotions and anxiety in response to returning to school during the pandemic. We’ll provide an understanding of the types of reactions people may experience during this time, and offer practical tips for coping.  There are two times offered. Times are listed in Central, so they are at 2 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Date/ Time                                               Registration Link
August 17th at 1 PM Central Time
August 24th at 1 PM Central Time

Use your HEADSPACE App to access special modules called Weathering the storm. It includes meditation, sleep, and movement exercises designed to help guide you through this. It’s our small way of helping you find some space and kindness for yourself, and those around you.

Message from Guardian Nurses: Making Lemonade out of the Coronavirus Crisis

Creating positive action to stay positive during an uncertain time.

Employees with School District of Philadelphia insurance provided through Independence Blue Cross should be aware of enhancements and benefits related to COVID-19 that available to them.

  • Testing will be covered. During this public health crisis, co‑pays and coinsurance will be waived for the COVID‑19 tests when performed at a hospital or an approved laboratory.
  • Telemedicine is available. Our plans offer a telemedicine benefit through MDLive with no co-pay. You can avoid your doctor’s office or the ER for non-emergency care. It’s easy to sign up from your cell phone.
  • Prescription refills. For employees with prescription on their Independence Blue Cross Medical card, refill restrictions on maintenance medications are lifted in states that have declared a state of emergency because of the virus. Call the Pharmacy Services number on your ID cards if you require additional medication refills due to a potential quarantine situation.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Due to COVID-19, employees can stop Dependent Care Account payroll contributions. Please complete and return the Ameriflex Enrollment and Change form to More information is found on the FSA page.

Adding a Dependent Due to Loss of Coverage

If your spouse or child has lost medical coverage in the last 30 days, you can add them to your medical coverage. Please complete a SDP Health Application and Attestation, dated proof of loss of coverage, and supporting dependent documentation(listed on page 2 of the health application).  All documents can be sent to or by fax to (215) 400-4631.

Spousal Surcharge

If you are paying the spousal surcharge and your spouse has been laid off due to COVID-19, please contact to remove the surcharge. Dated proof the lay off such as a separation notice will be required.

Independence Blue Cross

Extending authorizations on elective procedures

Independence is extending authorizations on all elective procedures to six months. These procedures may still occur as scheduled, but it’s also possible that a health care provider, hospital, or ambulatory surgical center may decide it’s in the best interest of the patients to postpone elective procedures during the next few weeks.

We want to make things easier for all, and extending the authorization period will allow the flexibility our providers need to make the best possible care decisions for patients.

Use MDLIVE To Limit Your Exposure To Germs And Viruses

Our health plan benefits include telehealth coverage through MDLIVE. If you or your qualified dependents have symptoms of the coronavirus, MDLIVE board-certified doctors are here to help 24/7. Click here for more information or see below.

You can access and review your benefits on your mobile device! Click here for more information on member resources. Get connected with Independence Blue Cross here!

A Quick Look at the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This video is a simple “what you need to know” about the coronavirus.

Click on this link or copy and paste this link into your browser:

A version is available in Spanish here or copy and paste this link into your browser:


Working Remotely During COVID-19:Your Mental Health & Well-Being

A message from The National Center for Workplace Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Association

The coronavirus(COVID-19) is presenting new and unique challenges. We are navigating unchartered waters with this virus, making it important to find new ways to work and interact while also taking care of our mental health and well-being.

Many of you are teleworking full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends and family. Our daily living routines are disrupted causing added anxiety, stress and strain—physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for this disruption and uncertainty to lead to anxiety and stress.

Now more than ever, we all must take care of our mental health and well-being. As we protect ourselves against potential exposure to the coronavirus, keep in mind that social distancing does not mean social isolation. This resource provides practical tips on taking care of our mental health and well-being.


Stay up to date with more information on the Corona Virus on our School District of Philadelphia’s dedicated page to COVID-19. Click here for more information.