Daily wellness, self-care reminders embedded in student planners

The health of students is such an integral part of PUSD’s approach to education that content about wellness and self-care are found throughout the new 2020-2021 day planners being given to all middle and high school students, teachers, and staff.

Piedmont High School (PHS) Assistant Principal Erin Igoe collaborated with ClassTracker, the company which produces the physical planners, to add a weekly ‘Self-Care Corner’ to the high school version where students see a tip on staying healthy; check off whether they’ve completed activities like staying hydrated, sleeping, and exercising; record something they are grateful for; and count down to a milestone they are looking forward to.

“When you are distance learning like our students, it can be difficult to carve out time for taking care of yourself,” said Igoe. “We want our students to find balance in their lives, and this year’s planner provides them the space to prioritize their whole selves, making self-care and reflection as routine as writing down their assignments.”

The middle school planner has a similar ‘Self-Care Corner’ for each week, and the response has already been positive: “I especially like the daily reminder to ‘Connect with a Friend,'” said Lucy Allen, a Piedmont Middle School sixth grader. “It really brightens my day.” Her sister, Daphne Allen, a PHS ninth grader, echoed the appreciation: “It feels good to check the boxes in the ‘Self-Care Corner’.”  A school district which finds new ways to support students’ well-being is one more reason why Piedmont schools are exceptional. #Piedmont Proud

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