LANCASTER School nurse helps students with online visits

Many students in the Susquehanna Valley have been learning at home since the start of the academic year, but what does that mean for children who usually check-in with in-school nurses?WGAL News 8’s Tom Lehman has more on how one school nurse is going the extra mile. Students at McCaskey High School may be learning from home, but school nurse Jane Weigel still finds time to see them.Weigel says, “The role has changed. we’ve had to be a lot more creative.” She now uses Zoom and phone calls to make sure students are keeping up with plans for their conditions like allergies, diabetes or seizures.She tells us, “People are afraid to go to the doctor. They’re afraid to go to urgent care because of COVID.”Weigel has even gotten permission to make a few house calls saying, “that has really allowed me to interact with them in a more positive way to really get kids to comply with their diabetic management.”She also tells another big issue is vaccinations. She checks in with families to make sure the children are getting immunize.Weigel says the calls can mean a lot to students who are struggling to cope with the pandemic, “They have to know that you care about them. They have to know you’re persistent and that you’re going to stick with them through this difficult time, and that you have that you know eventually it’s going to end.”The first week of Jan., the Pennsylvania Department of Health released a statement saying elementary school students can return to in-person learning if safety measures are in-place by Jan. 25. This change is only a recommendation, school districts continue to have the final say on whether or not to return to in-person learning.

Many students in the Susquehanna Valley have been learning at home since the start of the academic year, but what does that mean for children who usually check-in with in-school nurses?

WGAL News 8’s Tom Lehman has more on how one school nurse is going the extra mile.

Students at McCaskey High School may be learning from home, but school nurse Jane Weigel still finds time to see them.

Weigel says, “The role has changed. we’ve had to be a lot more creative.” She now uses Zoom and phone calls to make sure students are keeping up with plans for their conditions like allergies, diabetes or seizures.

She tells us, “People are afraid to go to the doctor. They’re afraid to go to urgent care because of COVID.”

Weigel has even gotten permission to make a few house calls saying, “that has really allowed me to interact with them in a more positive way to really get kids to comply with their diabetic management.”

She also tells another big issue is vaccinations. She checks in with families to make sure the children are getting immunize.

Weigel says the calls can mean a lot to students who are struggling to cope with the pandemic, “They have to know that you care about them. They have to know you’re persistent and that you’re going to stick with them through this difficult time, and that you have that you know eventually it’s going to end.”

The first week of Jan., the Pennsylvania Department of Health released a statement saying elementary school students can return to in-person learning if safety measures are in-place by Jan. 25. This change is only a recommendation, school districts continue to have the final say on whether or not to return to in-person learning.

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