Thank you all for continued support. A week after the "poor decision" was enacted, it was retracted. I had contacted several key health administrators and am happy to report that after hearing personally from Dr. Ben Chan, he consulted with my admin and they let th School Board know this would not be upheld. A terrible week to be a school nurse for sure! (and happier to report that my peer withdrew her resignation).
I think it's important to note that my Principal & Asst. Principal were blatantly against the School Board's mandates. It is fortunate for the entire Allenstown community to have this how it should be - following CDC & NHDHHS guidelines.
Wow, this is more than a frustrating situation, as stated in this post the health of vulnerable populations are at risk. I wish a medical professional was on every school board. I do not know why this isn't a state wide policy. Public schools are just that, public, and so there should be someone who has the expertise , experience, and background to help guide every individual school community on decision making.
As there is no current School Nurse Consultant, might the NH BON and/or NH Nurses Association, along with NH SNA, be of any assistance? We could collectively make our voices heard at the Governors office and DOE, having the support of our professional organizations would be beneficial.
What can we (collectively) do to help?
As a nurse in SAU53, I am much aware that the Allenstown school board voted to keep a child in school regardless of positive household contacts, make masks optional and ask that the school nurse only ask for a covid 19 test if the student has more than three symptoms of the virus. Not only does this not make any medical or ethical sense, it leaves the school nurse in a position of vulnerability and possible liability for adverse events within her school and community. As school nurses we must unite in these type of situations for the common good of our students, staff, community and comrades in the profession. These are difficult times without blatant disregard for the health and welfare of many. Please support Denise Schmidt RN faced with difficult decisions. There are two schools in Allenstown and the other school nurse has resigned as a result of these poor decisions made with no input from our nurses on the front lines. Thank you.