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Staff Wellness

Legislation to Support Staff Wellness

Certificated and classified staff, like many others in helping professions, tend to experience Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), also referred to as Compassion Fatigue, at greater rates than those in other professions due to the persistent exposure to and expectation of caretaking for students with emotionally painful experiences. In other words, STS can be an outcome of what is an educator's greatest asset: they care deeply about their students and families. Signs and symptoms of STS vary but when left unaddressed may lead to staff turnover, burnout, adult chronic absenteeism and health issues which negatively impacts everyone in the school community.


Resources to Support Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS):


Identify and Monitor STS: 

Additional Resources to Support Wellness:


Support from Human Resources: