Dallas ISD celebrates our frontline heroes on National School Nurse Day

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In honor of National School Nurse Day, Central Health Services would like to spotlight our Nurses and support staff for the incredible job they have done this school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During these unprecedented times, back-to-school preparations included training in district safety protocols, infection control measures, contact tracing and rapid antigen testing for COVID-19. Nurses and support staff continue to be on the front lines assisting with daily symptom screening, continuous training on infection prevention measures and collaboration with the local public health authority, Dallas County Health & Human Services. Their commitment to district safety protocols guided by the latest scientific evidence was key to provide reassurance to parents and reconnect with students.

With a commitment to a healthy learning and work environment nurses and Health Services support staff rose to the challenges as they occurred and became true superheroes!

Thank you for your courage, commitment, and service.

Happy National School Nurse Day!

Hear below from some campuses on why they love their school nurse!

“Nurse Morgan has been absolutely AMAZING during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was instrumental in designing campus procedures and protocol to ensure we were as safe as we could possibly be. Additionally, she led the efforts with keeping parents informed with the process and up-to-date literature. Her nurturing demeanor kept our scholars calm. We just want to THANK Nurse Morgan for exemplifying EXCELLENCE before the pandemic and during the pandemic. We love you Nurse Morgan!” Shanieka Christmas-McDonald, principal of H.I. Holland at Lisbon Elementary School

“Nurse A. Ellis and Nurse Assistant D. Curtis have been absolutely amazing during this very stressful and challenging time.  From the very beginning we formed a COVID task force and we were in constant contact and always ensured we were clear on the guidelines set forth by the district.  Both ladies worked to support one another and had great systems in place as staff and scholars were served through the Nurse office.   They worked after hours on weekends whenever we needed to, to ensure that everyone was safe and communication was accurate and distributed in a timely manner.  They were flexible and always worked seamlessly with our administration team, AESOP team, and district offices which made navigating our health response during the pandemic easier.  We truly are a team.  For a time Nurse Curtis was assuming the main role in the Nurse’s office.  We never missed a beat.  Nurse Ellis handed the baton to Curtis and we continue to run our COVID team with efficiency and accuracy.  I want to say they have both been tremendously valuable and always team oriented.  Thank you both and you deserve a day to be recognized for all you do to support our Spruce Community.” Francine Taylor, principal of H. Grady Spruce High School

“No one could have imagined what was to come for the 2020-2021 school year after closing our doors to students and family Spring of 2020. But in times of confusion and unanswered questions, we were given the hero we all needed. Since day one, Nurse Sears has suited up and used every tool in her tool belt to ensure that our Kramer community would reman safe. Working around the clock, she implemented systems and routines that eased the minds of staff and made them trust that in coming back to campus to serve children, their safety would remain a top priority. She has sacrificed weekends with family and loss countless hours of sleep. When she didn’t have the answer, she found the answer. “Thank you” will never be enough. No gift will ever be enough. It is because of Nurse Sears and her continuous efforts that as a campus, we experienced no spreads or fatalities. She has carried her responsibilities with honor, and even when it got hard, she continued to push through and preserver. We are forever grateful for her leadership and commitment. Thank you for your Heroic Leadership this year serving Arthur Kramer IB World School!”  Domonique M. Mack, assistant principal at Arthur Kramer IB School

“Nurse Carolyn Hasty is nurturing and empathetic. She is always willing to do what is best for our community to ensure everyone is safe and healthy. The T.G. Terry staff, students and parents will all agree that she is the best nurse in Dallas ISD.” Alicia Bradley, principal of T.G. Terry Elementary School
“Nurse Rhoades has played an essential part in keep all faculty and staff and students at G.W. Truett Elementary. This Covid was definitely unknown territory for us all. Our Nurse always ensured we followed guidelines to keep us safe. Her due diligence with our safety and our students’ safety was and continues to be her priority! We owe her so much! Thank you Nurse Vickie Rhoades!” Rocio Bernal, principal at George Truett Elementary School

“Lipscomb Elementary is blessed to have Nurse Dawn Wilcox keeping us healthy and safe each day. She welcomes each person to the clinic with a smile and pure sense of compassion. She has done such an amazing job this year leading our COVID precautions, staying late to talk to parents, taking time to educate each person about keeping healthy, and has been recruited to work with other schools to help with their quarantining of students. Under her guidance, we have had a zero, yes zero, person to person transmission of COVID at Lipscomb this year. We are so lucky to have Nurse Wilcox serving our students, staff, and community!” Mick Sandoval, principal of William Lipscomb Elementary School

“Nurse Saxton has been an amazing asset to the ARSA community!  During the times when COVID numbers in Dallas County were very high, she stayed after school during our teacher meetings to provide critical information to our entire campus community on how they could stay safe while on campus and at home.  Not only does she consistently share updates and reports to us, but she also makes herself available beyond school hours if the need arises.   Her insight into our campus safety plan is one of the major reasons our campus numbers have been extremely low.” Natasha Shaw, principal of Ann Richards S.T.E.A.M. Academy

“We are very grateful for our Clinic TEAM, Nurse Clayton and assistant Nurse Sandoval!  They have done an amazing job keeping our campus safe and healthy during the pandemic and they have stayed positive and joyous throughout.  THANK YOU!” Jesus Martinez, principal of Seagoville Middle School

“I would like to give a shout out to honor Nurse Herron for going above and beyond her call of duty to ensure safety and well- being for the  students and staff of Charles Rice Learning Center. She is our shero and we appreciate her dearly.” Jennifer Atkins, principal of Charles Rice Learning Center  
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