Connect Personally with Students

A detailed description of the practice

Connect with students one-on-one by sending personalized messages or giving a call to chat about their lives, what they are doing outside of schoolwork, what they are struggling with, and collecting feedback on their needs to know how teachers might be able to help.

This practice:

is easy and quick to implement
is cost-efficient to put in place
is effective in promoting health and wellness among students
is well received by most students
is helping build and maintain a healthy school culture
reaches most students and families within a school
reaches the students and families who need it most
does not require support or partnerships from outside the school
does not require additional funding
is sustainable over time given staff turnover, costs, training, etc.
is easily integrated into the curriculum (Program of Studies)

But this practice:

might not be well received by teachers and school staff
will likely not be used for years to come
requires extensive planning
requires additional staff time

Examples of specific activities

Conduct student wellness checks

Ask daily wellness questions to check in on your class

Celebrate virtual birthdays

Slip messages of hope into mailboxes

Send postcards to students – let them know they’re missed!

More from the stakeholders from the education and health sectors about this practice

No better person to ask what help is needed than the people who need the help.
This would be fantastic but…very time consuming!