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Guest Editorial: The Role of the School Nurse During the Pandemic

Submitted by PASNAP, August 2020

COVID-19 has made student health and safety a top priority in all areas of government. As the 2020 fall school year approaches, school nurses are confronting many COVID-19-related challenges in addition to the normal flow of students for daily medications, diabetic care, injuries, and other health-related issues. The Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP), with the support of the National Association of School Nurses, has worked to ensure that the voice of the school nurse has been heard.

Since March, PASNAP has worked as valued members of Return to School Safety teams and task forces. PASNAP, in collaboration with district personnel (including, but not limited to, administrators, board members, school nurses, teachers, food service directors, superintendents, and building supervisors), submitted health and safety team plans so students can return to school.

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