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In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed SHB1363: Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress in the K-12 Workforce. WSSDA created a policy and procedure to assist districts with supporting staff’s health and well-being while reducing secondary traumatic stress.
Districts must assess district and school-level implementation and report to their Board annually. To help districts meet this requirement, the Workforce Secondary Traumatic Stress Assessment consists of two parts: a policy compliance checklist and staff well-being implementation practices.
To complete this assessment, the district’s Workforce Mental Health Committee or similar District Leadership Team will need to provide input.
Also, districts may ask School Leadership Teams to respond to the Thriving Schools Integrated Assessment’s staff well-being questions to gather feedback, collect data, and plan for continuous improvement with school sites.
Districts must establish a Workforce Mental Health Committee to promote a positive workplace climate and provide resources for staff. Start with these evidence-based resources on stress management, preventing burnout, and evaluating job satisfaction. Then, explore more staff well-being resources.