The D87 Wellness Committee meets about 4x/year, typically on SIP days to allow for more building-level participation. We focus on wellness initiatives in the district: current and future. We have been focusing on a new theme each year and this year is Love Languages. Our goal has been to reach a broad audience: students, families, faculty/staff with this message, so that we can all learn more about ourselves to build healthier relationships with one another and all reach our best potential at work, at home, and in the classroom. We are currently providing the assessment to students in many schools and will be sending a notice to teachers and families of the results to open communication.
In addition, we provide monthly toilet talks to instill positive wellness messaging in the faculty/staff bathrooms. Mindful Mondays and Wellness Wednesday messages are sent out via email to “all staff.” We look at wellness through the lens of Coordinated School Health, which focuses on 8 core areas of wellness: Physical education, Health education, Employee wellness, Building/Environment, Nutrition, Social/emotional wellness, Family/Community involvement, and Health (nurse-related items). We have assessed the schools and will continue every 3 years using the School Health Index (CDC tool) and help them to tailor a plan for their building. Each building has a wellness champion that we are trying to grow into more independent committees that are school-based.