School nurses continue to be dedicated to the health and well-being of the DMPS community, not only in response to COVID-19 but continuing the support they provide to students and their families year-in and year-out.

One key role for nurses this year will be to make sure other school and district staff are aware of and following polices and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, nurses will work with families on issues ranging from immunizations to the needs for students with IEP and 504 plans.

Some areas of health care have moved online. School nurses will be available to connect with students and families via telehealth to assist with meeting some needs typically handled during a regular school day.

Remember, one of the main advantages to virtual learning is that learning can go uninterrupted during mild illness. Which leads us to this year’s main theme — Stay Home if You are Sick!