THe problem: The need for educator wellness is at a high point with the lasting traumas and stress of the pandemic and the teacher shortages putting an increased burden on the staff who remain- stretching everyone thin. Yet the funding that supported educator wellness partnerships for dc schools expires in october of 2023- cutting off a critical service for schools.
1. Locally fund educator wellness grants through OSSE at $750,000 recurring annually
2. guarantee all teachers - across sector- explicit mental health days (at least 1 per semester)
3.Provide funding and infrastructure to provide mental health services to school staff