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5/12/2021 - Happy School Nurses Day to the Fairfield Health Department School Nurses!

School Nurses Day was created to celebrate school nurses and thank them for caring for our children and advocating for improved health services in schools.

Fairfield School Nurses rise to the challenge of caring for students across Fairfield every day as healers, comforters, and role models for children.

Although Fairfield school nurses are exceptional every year, this year they went above and beyond. Once Fairfield schools went remote last March, at the onset of the COVID pandemic, the nurses immediately responded to our population in greatest need - our seniors. The nurses performed several rounds of wellness check phone calls to our seniors, provided referrals to social services and gave a caring voice to the seniors during that stressful time.

The school nurses were also on hand to assist with the town’s initial work in community contact tracing. Following CDC and State DPH guidelines, the nurses provided instruction in isolation and quarantining, and found answers to questions about the pandemic that were new to all of us.

The opening of schools this past fall presented new challenges and opportunities for our school nurses.  New protocols for the school age population were developed and the school nurses worked diligently to keep our students and staff safe. They reinforced mitigation efforts throughout the district, including the difficult task of quarantining students and staff as needed.  While all of the challenges of the pandemic were being met, the school nurses continued to perform their usual responsibilities, including accident and illness care, patient education, medication administration, screenings… the list goes on.

In December, the Fairfield school nurses stepped up once again to administer vaccinations to our community at the height of the pandemic. The nurses worked beyond their workdays on weekends and evenings to staff the vaccine clinics. Their efforts along with those of the Health Department staff, medical and non-medical volunteers, made the Fairfield COVID Vaccine program the success it is today.

Please join us in celebrating the Fairfield School Nurses and thank them for their excellent and continued service to the Town and, especially, to the students of Fairfield.