Health & Well-Being
At its heart, PTA is about connection. WSPTA is committed to providing information and resources to help parents, educators, and PTA leaders be successful as we confront the realities of this pandemic. It is our sincere desire that families remain safe and healthy.
Other sources of information educators and families should monitor are:
- Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and Resources
- Washington State Department of Health
- Washington State’s official COVID-19 website
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. Department of Education
In addition, we recommend visiting your school district’s website for the latest news specific to your school(s).
OSPI: Resources to Support Student Well-Being & School Safety. Many students, educators, and their families may need additional support because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources on this page are intended to support school districts, schools, students, parents, and families in recognizing and responding to signs of emotional and behavioral distress.
National PTA: Mental & Emotional Health Resources. Depression and suicide are hiding in plain sight, affecting more and more young people. National PTA is part of a five-organization collaboration working to create real and hopeful conversations around mental health. Shine light on depression.
National PTA: Healthy Minds. Mental health is an important part of everyone’s overall well-being. Although physical health tends to be talked about more frequently, mental health is just as important and is also directly linked to physical health.
Department of Health (DOH): Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families: Supporting Children and Teens During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
National PTA has compiled a number of resources for our community to use to help navigate the pandemic.
- Resources – for families, PTA leaders, and educators
- Advocacy – legislative updates and statements
- FAQ – frequently asked questions from PTAs
National PTA media statement on reopening public preK-12 schools (June 12, 2020)
National PTA Position Statement – Reopening of Public PreK-12 Schools for the 2020-21 School Year
National PTA Position Statement – Distance and Remote Learning for K-12 Students
National PTA and National Education Association national poll exploring students’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic (December 16, 2020)
Family and Community Engagement During This Time of COVID-19 – Guest post from Judy East, WSPTA Family and Community Engagement Committee member. Judy shares ideas on areas that we can focus on such as being positive, communicating, collaborating with school efforts, and planning virtual PTA activities.
Taking Care of Business Through Virtual Meetings – For PTAs seeking guidance in how to complete the business of their organization prior to the end of the fiscal year.
Washington State PTAs and COVID-19 – This post covers topics such as advocating for all, childcare, supporting schools, events and activities, venue rental agreements, virtual meetings, donating to families, and media inquiries.
National PTA’s FAQs Regarding COVID-19 – This list of questions includes answers and links to resources that you may choose to share with your members.
PTAs and Coronavirus: How We Deal – Guest post from Grace Jurado, President, Northshore Council PTSA. Grace discusses food, childcare, fundraisers and programs.
Ten Tips for Speaking with Media – If a PTA leader is contacted by the media these tips will help you prepare and frame your responses.
The Washington State PTA (WSPTA) believes that to achieve our vision to help every child’s potential become a reality, we must be strong advocates for the whole child; including his or her health and well-being. Healthy students are absent less often, experience fewer behavior problems, and have an easier time learning.
A student’s health and well-being may be achieved with a healthy diet, physical activity, safe drinking water, and mental health and emotional support.
More information can be found on the National PTA website Family Resources / Health pages.
Washington State PTA is a proud member of the Learning First Alliance. Mental health awareness is at the forefront of the group’s focus. On this page, you can find resources provided by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), as well as WSPTA’s member-created resolution 11.26 “Mental Health Needs for Children”.
Like WSPTA, OSPI strives to foster an education system that encompasses the whole child. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens 15 to 19 years old in the state of Washington. The pages on OSPI’s website contain information and resources about suicide prevention, social-emotional learning, substance use prevention and intervention, and more.
Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) is a resource for parents needing help in facilitating resolutions regarding issues or complaints that impact students as well as many other types of assistance. For more information, visit the OEO website.
Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Child Nutrition assists school districts and other institutions in providing quality nutrition programs that promote life-long healthful living while providing nutritious meals each day that prepare children for learning. For more information, visit the OSPI Child Nutrition website.
Starting in the school year 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day were required to meet nutrition standards. This regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a number of resources to help PTAs work with schools to identify food that meets the Smart Snacks criteria, and to encourage children to make healthier choices. For more information, visit the USDA Smart Snacks website.
The Healthy Lifestyles program provides family-centered education and tools that connect them with schools and advocate for healthy changes in nutrition and physical activity. For more information and resources, visit the National PTA Healthy Lifestyles page.
Healthy School Meals
National PTA’s Healthy School Meals Initiative aims to encourage families to partner with their school leaders to help support the school meals program and advocate for an environment that promotes healthy behaviors. For more information and resources, visit the National PTA Healthy School Meals page.