Staff Appreciation: School Nurses Answer the Call

School Nurses Answer the Call
Posted on 05/07/2021
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When a vaccination “Superstation” opened at the Chula Vista Center mall, school nurses from the Chula Vista Elementary School District answered the call for volunteer vaccinators.

The District was approached by County of San Diego Public Health officials to offer support by providing medical professionals to assist in administering vaccinations. The ideas was to expedite the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in the South County. School nursing staff were provided training resources and onsite vaccine administration practice.

In addition, a COVID-19 nursing group would review District policies and procedures, work with local public health officials and school staff, to help ensure best practices throughout the pandemic. 

“School nurses have been instrumental in providing guidance to schools in COVID-19 prevention and response,” said Sherry Colgan-Stone, Ed.D., the District’s Emergency Preparedness and Security Manager. “They conduct contact tracing, they help answer parent questions regarding COVID-19, and also provide important information about the vaccines to prevent COVID-19. I can’t thank our school nurses enough.”

School nurses are super heroesThe Board of Education declared May 12, 2021, as School Nurse Day in the Chula Vista Elementary School District to commemorate the unique contribution of our California credentialed school nurses to our total educational program.

“School Nurses are the health leaders of their school sites and their communities,” said Maria “Sisi” Garcia, Director of Special Education and Instruction. “As they continue their own learning about how to promote and maintain good health, they are committed to sharing their expertise and new learning with students, families, and staff so all our communities in Chula Vista continue striving to be healthy, strong, and safe.”

School nurses create and maintain safe school environments, provide health education and health screenings, deliver early intervention services, design wellness-driven programs, and assist students with chronic and acute illnesses and special needs as they transition from home to school.

Alicia Began, nurse at Rice Elementary School, said the educational support, the resource connections, and case management that school nurses have provided has been a tremendous benefit to school communities.

“School nurses in general—we have really increased our educational efforts,” Began said.

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