What is SCHOOL?

Great question! The most basic explanation is that the SCHOOL framework is a series of steps that will guide a group or wellness champion through developing, initiating, evaluating and maintaining an employee wellness program.

Need more? The letter-by-letter synopsis is as follows:

S – Structure of Leadership Support: The who, what, where, when, why and how case for a wellness program

  • Useful strategies for engaging leaders and other colleagues in the issue of workplace wellness and plans for taking action
  • Creating a vision and mission statement for wellness at the leadership level
  • Setting leadership goals for wellness  
  • Identifying wellness readiness and capacity for change

C – Committee of Wellness: Steps and resources for creating or maintaining a wellness committee

  • Types of committees and committee structures and roles and responsibility examples
  • Representation and community partners interested in supporting school wellness
  • Communications planning ideas and examples
  • Recruitment and retention ideas

H – Health Assessments: Tools for marking baseline and benchmarking change as well as educating employees about their own health

  • Health screening tools
  • Interest and willingness surveys
  • Setting benchmarks and intentions for programming
  • Information on confidentiality considerations

O – Outline of Plan and Action: Strategic planning of initiatives

  • Brainstorming activities and sources of inspiration
  • Ideas for programs, initiatives and services based upon employee wellness interests and willingness
  • Resources for budgeting
  • Local business and community support opportunities

O – Operation of Plan and Action: Turning your plans into actions

  • Day-to-day support and tools
  • Checklists and how-to guidelines
  • Volunteer information
  • Communication and promotion of a program, initiative, activity or event

L – Learning and Progressing: Assessing initiatives, programs and activities to evaluate their impact and communicating the results

  • Program evaluation tools and feedback models
  • Managing committee retention
  • Processes for integrating and sharing feedback