The Kirkwood School Distrist Wellness Committee has been actively working toward an updated District Wellness Plan for some time. On August 19, 2019, the Board of Education approved a set of Key Recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year.
Our Wellness Plan is modeled after the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, developed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and widely used among various educational institutions (i.e. ASCD, SHAPE America, Health Equity Works). Ten work teams - one for each component of the WSCC model - provided information regarding (1) Current Practice, (2) Strengths, (3) Research/Best Practice, and (4) Recommendations. For a rough view of this complete document, with any best practice research behind recommendations, click here.
Representatives of these teams then met to review and prioritize potential action steps, toward our goal of presenting a comprehensive wellness plan to the Board of Education in July. Financial implications are being reviewed and could impact priorities for the 2019-2020 school year. You can learn more about the model online, starting with the CDC website.
2019-2020 Key Recommendations
- Provide Youth Mental Health First Aid training for staff and Teen Mental Health First Aid training for high school students (systemic training and rollout)
- Update the District Crisis & Resource Manual
- Develop, or select, and teach digital citizenship curriculum for universal use K-12
- Select and ensure instruction of social-emotional learning curriculum at grade levels
- Ensure effective use of a social-emotional risk screener K-12 (i.e. SAEBRS)
- Standardize the utitlization of MTSS processes across sites to (1) identify students, (2) provide systemic interventions, and (3) assess and monitor progress in support of student needs. These processes should include social-emotional health, behaviors, and academic performance.
- Articulate and evaluate the roles of social-emotional learning coaches, social workers, educational support counselors, school psychologists, and school counselors
- Ensure the six structural components of the Missouri School Counseling Program are in place for all school counselors
- Require Stop the Bleed and CPR/AED training for key staff in all buildings
- Develop wellness programs for staff participation, before and/or after school
- Incorporate health, safety, and wellness as a regular feature of building/district updates and mass communication