We want all our staff to know that we have been hard at work planning for the return to our schools. Every effort is being made to ensure that the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff remain our top priority and are at the heart of our planning. In collaboration with the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) Joint Health and Safety Committee, we have updated our robust and thorough COVID-19 Health & Safety and Employee Wellness Handbook which will be followed throughout the entire WRDSB.

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 by a third-party organization with extensive experience supporting employees in the educational sector and addressing the specific challenges they face while leading and supporting students to academic excellence.

Staff are invited to view the Employee Wellness site on the Staff Intranet for more information on how to access the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

Staff Well-Being Strategy

The 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 WRDSB 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.

Staff are invited to view the Employee Wellness site on the Staff Intranet for more information on how to access the LifeSpeak library.