Employee Wellness is 1 of the 10 interactive components making up the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. Healthy school employees—including teachers, administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria and custodial staff, and contractors—are more productive and less likely to be absent.
They serve as powerful role models for students and may increase their attention to students’ health as well as student success.
A comprehensive school employee wellness approach is a coordinated set of programs, policies, benefits, and environmental supports designed to address multiple risk factors (e.g., lack of physical activity, tobacco use) and health conditions (e.g., diabetes, depression) to meet the health and safety needs of all employees.
Partnerships between school districts and their health insurance providers can help offer resources, including personalized health assessments and flu vaccinations. Employee wellness programs and healthy work environments can improve a district’s bottom line by decreasing employee health insurance premiums, reducing employee turnover, and cutting costs of substitutes.
Employee Wellness positively or negatively influences various aspects of student and staff wellbeing.
- Consider providing opportunities for physical activity like afterschool Zumba or yoga classes.
- Advocate for healthy meeting policies in your district.
- Provide on-site tools for physical activity such as exercise DVDs and equipment.
- Stock their break room or refrigerator with fruit and water a couple times a year.
- Provide tokens of teacher appreciation that aren’t food-based like collecting notes from parents and students expressing their gratitude.
- Host a step challenge and give out pedometers.
- Hold a water consumption challenge and provide shaker bottles
- Consider how improvements you make to your outdoor learning environment can benefit teachers such as a walking trail.
Program Specialist II
Office of Coordinated Student Support Services