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Student and staff well-being continue to be a priorityJune 28, 2017 Category: NewsBack to News Page

​Health and well-being have long been priorities for the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB). In May 2017, the SCDSB strengthened this commitment by including well-being as one of four strategic priorities that the board will focus on from 2017-2022. The SCDSB will work to ensure, enhance, foster and promote:

  • positive sense of self and belonging
  • safe, healthy, respectful learning and working cultures
  • appreciation for environmental practices and outdoor learning

“Our students and staff need positive environments to learn and grow,” says Steve Blake, Director of Education. “Fostering a sense of well-being within our school communities is essential to supporting success.”  

In addition to current activities, such as following the goals in Leading Mentally Healthy Schools, providing training and support for students and staff and appointing a Principal of Well-being, the SCDSB will:

  • provide students and staff with opportunities to explicitly learn, model and practice the cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills that foster well-being through curriculum, relationships and experiences
  • grow our capacity to provide students and educators with learning opportunities that will deepen and enrich outdoor stewardship by making purposeful connections between nature and the Ontario curriculum
  • ensure that students and staff are engaged in daily practices that promote well-being
  • develop physical environments, processes and procedures that are welcoming and positive
  • strengthen community partnerships and internal resources to enhance access to pathways to care for staff and students

“In recent years the SCDSB has made a concerted effort to support the well-being of our students and staff,” states Paula Murphy, Superintendent of Education / Well-being. “Our renewed commitment to well-being gives us the opportunity to deepen that support while also considering how we can integrate well-being into our learning and working environments.”  

Visit the SCDSB website to learn more about the strategic priorities.

Paula Murphy
Superintendent of Education / Well-being
705-734-6363 x11811