When is everyone *supposed* to go back?

by SaltineQueen SaltineQueen Member Nurse

Specializes in School Nurse, past Med Surge.

...and how are you feeling about things?

I go back the 5th. Kids are supposed to start the 12th. I’m not holding my breath though. My county is the only county in the state that didn't advance a stage the last time the governor loosened the reigns on things. Full time, with distancing and masks is our basic plan (can also do virtual if parents choose). I’m stressed!


nursetlm, ADN

Has 10 years experience. 171 Posts

Staff go back mid-August and the students start the 31st. Parents can choose between online, In person full time or homeschooling. Will wear masks when 6 foot spacing isn’t possible or when they are walking in hallways. Will be interesting for sure. I was told the room next to mine (connects by a door) would be my isolation room. No idea if I will be expected to man both rooms or not. I’m hoping that those of you who start back early could give us an idea of how things are going and offer up any advice- because I’m not super optimistic at this point.


Keeperofbandages, LPN

Specializes in School Health. Has 8 years experience. 129 Posts

I officially report back 8/3 and students are supposed to return 8/24... Lets see what happens.

Nurse Trini

Nurse Trini

Specializes in LPN School Nurse. Has 5 years experience. 59 Posts

August 24 for us, too. I got my contract last week. I go back on the 24th as well.



Has 10 years experience. 23 Posts

On 7/29/2020 at 7:45 AM, Keeperofbandages said:

I officially report back 8/3 and students are supposed to return 8/24... Lets see what happens.

Same!! So stressed ?

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing. 3,022 Posts

I've been in my building occasionally for prep with facilities, but right now, staff remote 8/24, staff in person 8/31, students in a phased in hybrid approach, starting with transition years in person first on 9/14.


laflaca, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 8 years experience. 510 Posts

I'm back already. Kids were supposed to start 8/10. Our state (AZ) has pushed back in-person start until at least 8/17, and my district has already decided they won't consider in-person until after labor day - so we're starting with virtual learning. Teachers can do virtual instruction from home or from their classroom. Admin is in the office full time. The rest of us are on rotating schedules to reduce personnel on campus - I work from home 1/2 time. I have 1800 health cards to enter and at least three dozen families to urgently stalk/beg/remind for care plans and med orders, so I'm plenty busy.

The confusing thing is, the governor's order says something to the effect that schools have to accommodate any kids who can't learn at home....not sure how that's being decided, or where the heck they're going if there are no in-person classes. I hear rumors that the SPED (self-contained) kids are coming back 8/17?

Overall the answers are delayed, conflicting, incomplete, and poorly explained. I am stressed too.

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 13 years experience. 3,142 Posts

We have a drop date! Two weeks. Enough to cover for Labor Day peaks. RJ Junior is at a school in a town where they are maybe fourth or sixth for new cases. We live near Fort Worth and they're darn near shuttin' down TCU. 



Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 45 years experience. 11 Articles; 17,332 Posts

Our school district started Monday 8/31 -- week earlier than normal. Changed from hybrid to online thru Mid October as covid cases increased in our county post 40 day decline. No football, fall sports!

Hoping sane days ahead for you all.

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 39 years experience. 8 Articles; 4,526 Posts

I'm here!!!!


cowboysandangels, BSN

Specializes in Peds. Has 22 years experience. 136 Posts

On 9/11/2020 at 10:20 AM, NutmeggeRN said:

I'm here!!

How is it going?  Are you nervous seeing sick kids?  Crazy to think a nurse is worried about an illness but I have to admit that I am.  We are coming back face to face in October.


BettyGirard, BSN

Specializes in School Nurse. 152 Posts

I'm masked up pretty much all day long.    Gloved up any time I'm near a student (sick or otherwise).    We run temps on anybody who walks through the clinic door.     I'm still a little nervous anytime I see a fever or respiratory symptoms.