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Nurse Appreciation Week

Dear E-town Community,

Today, the Elizabethtown Area School District is celebrating the beginning of Nurse Appreciation Week (May 6-12). This year, the commemoration takes on a different level of importance. While our nurses are used to dealing with a wide range of health-related emergencies, nothing could have prepared any medical field professional for the unprecedented global health crisis that we are currently experiencing.

On behalf of the Elizabethtown Area School District, I'd like to extend my appreciation to our school nurses for how professional, informed, and compassionate they have handled their role as our front line health professionals. Their job responsibilities have evolved as the COVID-19 pandemic expanded from an overseas health issue to one spreading significant illness and death across our country.

Initially, our school nurses served as information gatherers identifying resources to better understand the virus and steps the District could take to minimize risk. Also, they diligently monitored student and staff illness for any indication of the virus in our community.

As schools closed and states shut down, the role of our school nurses transformed. They are now assisting our families with securing their child’s meds and medical equipment stored at our schools. They are staying connected with families of students that have chronic health issues providing not only support but also serving as a conduit to other local healthcare providers.

Lastly, they are gearing up for the vital role they will play when schools reopen to make sure the proper safeguards are in place from a medical perspective to keep everyone safe. They are completing professional development, networking with their peers, and gathering as much information and resources about the Coronavirus to ensure all processes are in place for when our students, faculty, administration, and support staff return.

I encourage our community to offer them their gratitude for the valuable function they are playing in our District and community as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Michele Balliet Signature
Michele M. Balliet, Ed.D.Press Release
For Immediate Release