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Opinion: The schools situation is a complete crisis. And completely unfixable

NRSKarenRN specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

Flare specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

it's a hot mess... I'm on my districts re-opening committee and I gave them almost 4 pages of recommendations, concerns, etc (I also shared it on here somewhere) and the powers that be had an answer for everything.  We discussed temp checks - they seem to have their hearts set on cameras.  I asked who was going to monitor them and be the one to tun students away  and what if the student doesn't have a parent with them?  (we're a walking district, so it's not unusual for a 7-8 year old to walk unaccompanied) I asked about an isolation point and who would man it - I can't be in 2 places at once and putting me in an isolation renders the health office unavailable to everyone.  No answer.  I suggested that this is probably a great time to get a second nurse so that we have one for each school.  Superintendent was very receptive, but the BA seems to have shut that down.  I asked about the student that don't get picked up in a timely manner, or can't reach a parent, or whose parents disregard the 24hr rule and send in anyway and said that it's hard to always track down - I got (get this) "do this things happen often?"  Uh yeah... does the sun rise in the east everyday??

I'll continue to send emails with my concerns, but I have little faith that anything I say will be heeded.  I'm just going to sit back and watch it burn.  

I have a friend who is a teacher.  As intelligent and educated as she is, I don't think she really understands how this virus spreads.  I think she doesn't realize that nothing much is going to improve until we have a vaccine and get a large number of folks vaccinated.

I always said the little buggies would outlive all of us.  Scary just how possible that really is.

 

AutumnDraidean specializes in School health, Maternal-Newborn.

As a sub I have many worries, I'm not necessarily going to know if a child has someone at home under quarantine, I'm not going to know if the families are being careful or if I have to worry about every upper respiratory symptom, or how vigilent I need to be about diabetic or asthmatic students. I'm not in any loop of information, I'm not even sure there is a loop. 

Add to that the information coming out is very fragmented. I wanted to tell a friend running a restaurant that his glove policy was broken but couldn't find anything. How common or dangerous is surface transmission? It's really murky.  

I think we'll have to totally reimagine school and it's going to be confusing and painful. 

 

Nurse and Spy specializes in Disaster Medicine / Public Health / School Health.

On 7/2/2020 at 7:23 AM, Flare said:

I asked about the student that don't get picked up in a timely manner, or can't reach a parent, or whose parents disregard the 24hr rule and send in anyway and said that it's hard to always track down - I got (get this) "do this things happen often?"  Uh yeah... does the sun rise in the east everyday??

Bravo. So true. And they are incredibly clueless about what we do and under what conditions.

On 7/2/2020 at 7:23 AM, Flare said:

it's a hot mess... I'm on my districts re-opening committee and I gave them almost 4 pages of recommendations, concerns, etc (I also shared it on here somewhere) and the powers that be had an answer for everything.  We discussed temp checks - they seem to have their hearts set on cameras.  I asked who was going to monitor them and be the one to tun students away  and what if the student doesn't have a parent with them?  (we're a walking district, so it's not unusual for a 7-8 year old to walk unaccompanied) I asked about an isolation point and who would man it - I can't be in 2 places at once and putting me in an isolation renders the health office unavailable to everyone.  No answer.  I suggested that this is probably a great time to get a second nurse so that we have one for each school. 

Superintendent was very receptive, but the BA seems to have shut that down.  I asked about the student that don't get picked up in a timely manner, or can't reach a parent, or whose parents disregard the 24hr rule and send in anyway and said that it's hard to always track down - I got (get this) "do this things happen often?"  Uh yeah... does the sun rise in the east everyday??

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LMAO. Happens every school day and multiple times a day.

I'll continue to send emails with my concerns, but I have little faith that anything I say will be heeded.  I'm just going to sit back and watch it burn.  

 

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