Return To Work Staff Confirmation of Attendance Form
The Waterloo Region District School Board has distributed a form asking staff members to complete a Confirmation of Attendance Form in order to learn which staff members will be returning to work in person to their regularly assigned work locations. It is our expectation that staff will be returning to work in September 2020.
Supporting Staff and Educators
We want all our staff to know that we have been hard at work planning for the reopening of our schools and that every effort is being made to ensure that the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority and is at the heart of our planning. In collaboration with the Board’s Joint Health and Safety Committee, the Board has developed a robust and thorough COVID-19 Health & Safety and Employee Wellness Handbook that will be distributed and followed throughout the entire WRDSB system.
Professional Support Services
Employees of WRDSB have access to an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). This is a confidential, professional counselling service for eligible WRDSB employees and their dependents. It is a free, voluntary and high-quality service provided through Homewood Health Inc. Homewood Health has extensive experience supporting employees in the educational sector and addressing the specific challenges they face while leading and supporting students to academic excellence.
Staff Well-Being Strategy
The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) believes that a healthy workforce is essential for our ability to provide quality education and support for our students. We strive to assist our employees to balance their work and personal lives by supporting a positive, productive and respectful work environment. Employees of the Board have access to supports and resources that will assist in optimizing their health and well-being with the benefits, programs and resources that promote emotional, physical, social and cognitive health. One such resource, the LifeSpeak platform, has over 300 mental health and wellness videos available “anywhere and anytime” and can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. All of the experts featured in LifeSpeak’s video training are leading North American experts.