School Business Affairs November 2020

16 NOVEMBER 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS FOCUS ON WELLNESS TheMany Facets of EmployeeWellness The Arlington Employee Assistance Program is an integral part of the Virginia county and school system’s response to wellness. By Katherine Young, LCSW, LCSW-C, CEAP, and Tara Wooldridge, LCSW, CEAP, SPHR A s they face a global pandemic, it is more important than ever for all employers to con- sider the importance of employee wellness. It may be hard to remember pre-COVID-19 days; however, employee wellness has always been an important part of a successful, thriving school district. As a district leader, perhaps you have encountered a situation similar to one of the following: • A bus driver is removed from safety-sensitive func- tions (driving) when an elevated blood sugar level caused him to fail a Department of Transportation physical. The temporary (or sometimes permanent) removal of a driver affects staffing, routes, and the individual’s ability to work. • A teacher with undiagnosed depression is often late to school or misses work entirely. This issue has budget implications (need for substitutes), increases pressure on the team and administrators, and affects student achievement in the classroom. • A budget analyst’s excessive smoking during budget season triggers his asthma and he misses work during a critical time in the budget cycle. • A principal with an alcohol problem is often sluggish in the morning and delays responding to emails with DUSANPETKOVIC1/STOCK.ADOBE.COM