To the editor:

This year has been named by the World Health Organization as Year of the Nurse. On May 6, 2020, we recognize our school nurses by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

The theme this year is School Nurses: Supporting Students in Times of Crisis.

This year has been more challenging for everyone in the world with the COVID-19 global pandemic. As school nurses at Pittsylvania County Schools, whether we are present in our heath clinics or working virtually, we take on a variety of roles every day. For many children, we may still be the only health professional they have access to regularly, except in emergencies. This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional and/or other care health problems continue to increase. Our role is essential for all students - in public health, in health, and in policy development, particularly to support the health and education of our students during the pandemic.

School nursing has truly evolved over the years, and we are fortunate to have nurses in our county schools. When you see a school nurse, please take a moment to thank them for all they do for the students in their care.

Sonia Rhodes and Karen Yeatts

School Nurse Coordinators

Pittsylvania County Schools

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