Leaders with the Jasper City Board of Education paid special tribute to the school system's nurses this week.
During a meeting of the board of education on Monday, the school system's nursing staff received certificates of recognition for their hard work.
This school year, in particular, has brought a new set of challenges for school nurses.
Traditionally, school nurses are assigned to examine students if they are feeling ill, and they also provide medications and perform other medical tasks for students. With COVID-19 prevention at top priority this year, school nurses have been tasked with monitoring students and/or staff for coronavirus symptoms. The nurses also have to oversee isolation rooms, when necessary.
"We have to put on our best assessment skills," Jasper City Schools Lead Nurse Penne Mott said in an Aug. 1 report of the Daily Mountain Eagle.
The nurses who received certificates for their dedication included Jennifer Willingham (T.R. Simmons Elementary), Holly Walker (Maddox Intermediate), Misty Lee (Jasper Jr. High), Amanda Sherer (Memorial Park Elementary), Angela Barnett (Jasper High), and Mott.