Well-Being

 

Operational Goal Overall Implementation Status
All students and staff will be supported and affirmed in the areas
of cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being with the
acknowledgement of how these contribute to self and spiritual
well-being

 

Implementing our Strategies

Lead Strategies Status
Learning Services/
Human Resource Services
Increase access to well-being supports by conducting
and inventory of programs and resources aligning these
supports to the WRDSB well-being strategy
Learning Services/
Human Resource Services
Provide professional learning opportunities for students,
staff, parents/families/caregivers and the community on
the WRDSB well-being strategy
Learning Services/
Human Resource Services
Refine and implement measures of student and staff well-being
Business Services Implement the recommendations contained in the “Design Guidelines for K to 12 Outdoor Play and Learning Environments
Business Services Identify strategies to continue to increase access to gender
neutral washrooms
Business Services Promote students’ physical well-being through active and safe
routes to school
Human Resource Services Increase awareness of organizational benefits and programs that
support employee’s psycho-social well-being
Human Resource Services Increase staff engagement through supporting a Psychologically
Healthy Workplace
Corporate Services Conduct audit of communication tools (Eg. Waterworks, System
Memos), expectations and workflow and implement key
recommendations
Corporate Services Redevelop the staff website to provide an easy-to-use platform
for information sharing and interaction

 

Monitoring our Progress

School Improvement Plans Referring to Well-Being Strategies

85% of our elementary  and 81% of our secondary schools mention well-being in their school improvement plans.

Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools Survey

This graph shows the participation rates in the Safe Caring and Inclusive Schools Survey in 2016 versus 2017, as of June 21, 2017.

 

Survey Highlights

Question Grades 3 and 4 – 2016 Grades 3 and 4 – 2017* Grade 5 – 2016 Grade 5 – 2017* Grades 7, 9 and 11 – 2016 Grades 7, 9 and 11 – 2017*
If I have a problem, there is an adult at my school that I can talk to about it N/A N/A 72%
Agree or Strongly Agree
72%
Agree or Strongly Agree
63%
Agree or Strongly Agree
64%
Agree or Strongly Agree
My teachers let me know when I am doing a good job

95%

Agree

95%

Agree

78%
Agree or Strongly Agree
76%
Agree or Strongly Agree
64%
Agree or Strongly Agree
64%
Agree or Strongly Agree
Adults in this school respect differences in students (for example, gender, race, culture, etc.). N/A N/A N/A N/A 78%
Agree or Strongly Agree
80% Agree or Strongly Agree

At my school we talk about being a good person. (Grades 3 and 4)

At my school, we talk about things that help me think about how to be a good person. (Grade 5, 7, 9 and 11)

49%
A lot

 

48%
Sometimes

 

48%
A lot

 

49% Sometimes

 

76%
Agree or Strongly Agreed
75%
Agree or Strongly Agreed
47%
Agree or Strongly Agreed
49%
Agree or Strongly Agreed
I like coming to school

86%

Agree

84%

Agree

N/A N/A N/A N/A
I feel safe at school  – keep 3 categories 71%
Always
70% Always  75%
Agree or Strongly Agree
72%
Agree or Strongly Agree
N/A N/A
Adults in my school care about all students. N/A N/A 80%
Agree or Strongly Agree
77%
Agree or Strongly Agree
54%
Agree or Strongly Agree
57%
Agree or Strongly Agree

*This is preliminary data as schools communities are still completing the survey

N/A – Not applicable as the question does not appear on the survey

Gender Neutral Washrooms

  • 44 pilot sites throughout the school board have all gender washrooms.
  • 48 pilot sites throughout the school board have all gender accessible washrooms.

Active and Safe Routes to Schools (ASRTS)

ASRTS supports the use of active and efficient transportation for the trip to school.

  • 15 community partners are engaged with at the ASRTS committee.
  • Over 21 are partners working in schools in relations to ASRTS.
  • There were 4 presentations to school councils made by the school travel planner.

Guarding Minds at Work

The WRDSB is adopting the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. In April 2017, all employees were invited to complete Guarding Minds at Work (GM@W) – an evidence-based, comprehensive survey designed to effectively assess and address psychological health and safety in the workplace.

The survey received 24 responses. Of these responses:

  • 47% were elementary teachers
  • 17% were secondary teachers
  • 12% were support staff
  • 8% were educational assistants
  • 5% were system leaders
  • 4% were early childhood educators
  • 4% were occasional teachers
  • 3% were custodial staff and tradespeople

85% of employees said they are highly engaged in the work they do. Engagement was a key focus area in 2016/17.

Based on the feedback, the majority of the Psychological Factors fall within the minimal concern category.

This graph shows the results from the 2017 Guarding Minds at Work Survey.

Specific Feedback from GM@W

4.8% reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace because of cultural or ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, gender or age.

6.3% reported being bullied or harassed, either verbally, physically or sexually in the workplace.

1.8% reported being treated unfairly in the workplace because they have mental health illness.

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

This graph shows the use of WRDSB's Employee and Family Assistance Program from 2011 to 2017, compared to the industry average.

Type of Supports Accessed by Employees through EFAP

The following table shows results for Quarters 1 through 3 in the 2016-2017 school year.

 

Issue Q 1 Q 2 Q 3 Cases Percent
12 Weeks to Wellness 1 2 5 8 7.7%
Career Counselling 3 0 5 8 7.7%
Childcare and Parenting Services 3 2 8 13 12.5%
Elder and Family Care Services  2  1 3  6 5.8%
Financial Advisory Services  2  3 6  11 10.6%
Legal Advisory Services 17 8 19 44 42.3%
Nutritional Counselling 2 0 7 9 8.7%
Relationship Solutions 0 4 0 4 3.8%
Total 30 20   50 100 %