5515P Procedure - Workforce Secondary Traumatic Stress
District-wide Workforce Mental Health Committee
The district will establish a diverse and inclusive Workforce Mental Health Committee. The district will seek committee members who have the interest and skills to best serve the committee. The district’s Workforce Mental Health Committee will consist of at least the following:
- One teacher and classified staff member from the K-5 level;
- One teacher and classified staff member from the middle school level;
- One teacher and classified staff member from the high school level;
- One staff member from student services and/or support staff (e.g., school counselors, social workers, liaisons, etc.);
- One central office administrator who has funding authority and one central office administrator who can represent Human Resources, this can be the same person;
- One K-5 building administrator, one middle school building administrator, and one high school building administrator.
The committee will seek resources related to secondary traumatic stress from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Educational Service District (ESD), and the School Employees’ Benefits Board (SEBB). OSPI will link to resources on its website. This webpage will be available by December 2021, by searching under Secondary Traumatic Stress and/or Educator Well-Being. The committee is encouraged to consider resources supporting comprehensive staff well-being. Additionally, the committee may seek input regarding resources from district personnel and the community.
Materials and resources related to secondary traumatic stress will be shared district-wide via: Dedicated webpage; InformedK12 on-demand feedback form; flyers.
The duties of the committee will include:
- Sharing supports available through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Educational Service District, and the School Employees’ Benefits Board;
- Sharing links to a secondary traumatic stress self-assessment tool and any associated resources;
- When possible the committee should use a continuous quality improvement process. This should include:
- Offering an opportunity for staff to give anonymous feedback;
- Reviewing the data collected;
- Utilizing the data collected, report to the Board at least once per year with a summary of committee activities, the status of staff well-being, and an assessment and recommendations for the implementation of this policy and procedure.