Sampson County School Superintendent Dr. David Goodin and the Sampson County School Board announced at their October 25 regular monthly board meeting that Friday, November 12, will be converted to a Wellness Friday.
After reviewing the academic calendar and the remaining instructional hours for students, they noted that the day would become a non-instructional day for students and a day of reflection for all Sampson County Schools’ employees.
Several school systems across the state have identified the need for a mental health day for students and staff and have implemented a wellness day.
On Wednesday, November 10, the district will close all Sampson County Schools’ facilities at the end of the school day, following the conclusion of any previously scheduled essential activities. All employees will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, November 11, and work remotely on Friday, November 12. However, athletic events, practices, and extracurricular activities will operate on a regular schedule.
Dr. Goodin said the sole telework assignment for November 12 is for employees to engage in the process of reflective practice by thinking about the beginning of the school year – what worked well and what could have been different and how will we have a solid finish for the first semester.
“During this time of reflective practice, we’re asking all employees to refrain from sending emails and truly focus on reflecting and on continuous improvement as we strive for a strong finish to this first semester,” said Dr. Goodin. “In the words of Anthony Robbins, the higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.”