Over the past two years, the Poughkeepsie City School District has placed a major emphasis on the social and emotional needs of our student population due to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. It goes without saying that as educators our own social-emotional health has also been compromised by the disruptions caused by the pandemic and its debilitating by-products. Because of the pandemic, each of us has experienced varying levels of loss, strife, and discomfort in our personal and professional lives.
This past summer, the Poughkeepsie City School District executive leadership team discussed how it would approach elevating the social and emotional health of those who have the awesome responsibility of cultivating the success of our children – PCSD faculty and staff.
The following resources are among the items discussed and will be implemented by the end of 2022:
Self-Care Resource Book: “180 Days of Self-Care for Busy Educators” is a resource book that provides low-cost to no-cost practices to support educators “health and wellness, one day at a
time.” Copies were distributed to schools.
Self-Care Resource Book: “180 Days of Self-Care for Busy Educators is a resource book that provides low-cost to no-cost practices to support educators “health and wellness, one day at a time.” Resource Books were distributed to schools.
Employee Wellness Grants: In late October or early November, grant applications will be made available for schools to access funding to support school activities that will promote the health and wellness of faculty and staff in each building.
Superintendent Brief and Website Features: Each month the experiences/stories of PCSD faculty and staff appear in the Superintendent’s Brief. These stories will be crafted to highlight something unique and intriguing about the faculty and staff member that can be connected back to the Poughkeepsie City School District. See the story on Jasmine Davidson, 1st grade teacher at Clinton in the September 23, 2022 issue.
Faculty and Staff Room Upgrades: Funding to support beautifying school faculty and staff spaces has been identified and allotted to each school. Dr. Wade, assistant superintendent of administrative services, will be sharing with building principals how to access funding to support enhancing these school spaces.