HAMPDEN — School nursing isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days when school nurses handed out Band-Aids and ice packs.
These days, school nurses say they are conducting pool testing for covid and contact tracing as well as working around the clock to keep students, staff and the community safe.
Brittany Layman, Hampden Academy’s school nurse and health and wellness coordinator, says some days are harder than others.
“We encounter frustrations, of course,” she said. “Any parent wants to have what’s right for their kid, you know, and if your kid is told they have to quarantine, that’s upsetting.
“I have a child who does cool curriculars and I want to make sure she has every opportunity, so sometimes it’s just more communication you have to do with the families so that they understand they’re not just our rules. They are the public health requirements from the Maine Center for Disease Control,” she said.
Superintendent Regan Nickels said the school nurses in RSU 22 have done an exceptional job and deserve nothing but kudos for their hard work.