Bethlehem Area School District Nurses are Preparing for the School Year

Written by on August 20, 2020

Bethlehem Area School District Nurses are Preparing for the School Year

By Brittany Sweeney

August 20, 2020

Photo | Brittany Sweeney / WLVR

Bethlehem areas schools will open this fall with a hybrid schedule, in the middle of a pandemic. And that will place added pressures on school nurses. WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney reports on how they’re preparing for the coming year.

Kim Zsitek-Brannan took over as the new supervisor of health services for Bethlehem area’s school district in july.

She says all students will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing – even when riding the bus.

Zsitek-Brannan explains other differences this upcoming school year include isolation areas for students that show coronavirus symptoms.

“Some health rooms are better equipped than others, they might have an extra room that we can have as the isolation room. If not, we have a cot. We’ve either gotten dividers or curtains to separate that cot from the other areas of the health room.”

There is a symptom monitoring system on the school district website for students, parents and faculty to use as a guide.

The Bethlehem Health Bureau will also be hiring a ‘COVID liaison’ for the district. They will help with tasks like contact tracing and educating students and staff about the virus.  

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