Original article posted on the National Association of School Nurses website. Edited for length.
“The guidance released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasizes the need for localities to monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening, testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies in K-12 schools during the coming academic year. The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) strongly encourages school districts to leverage the public health expertise of their school nurses when determining the appropriate COVID-19 prevention protocols as outlined by the CDC. ‘Throughout the past 16 months, school nurses have played a vital role in helping school districts navigate through the pandemic by developing plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and testing, tracking and vaccinating students and school personnel,said NASN President Linda Mendonca, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, NCSN, FNASN. As school districts consider the CDC’s updated guidance in preparation for the 2021-2022 academic year, school nurses are eager to partner with administrators, teachers and other support personnel to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect everyone’s health.’”
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