Who Should Provide Care For Students With COVID Symptoms In D.C. Schools?

PART OF FULL COVERAGE OF CORONAVIRUS IN D.C.
SEP 16, 4:08 PM

Martita Fleming keeps things running at Washington Latin Public Charter School. As director of operations, her job encompasses a lot — she makes sure classes have textbooks, that lights stay on, and the copier is running.

Fleming’s responsibilities expanded further when Washington Latin fully reopened for in-person learning last month. She and a small team of school deans and teachers oversee coronavirus testing and screening of students, and they monitor students who are isolating.

In short, Fleming is managing the school’s COVID-19 response almost entirely without help from a school nurse.

“It’s definitely a lot of effort and hours,” she said.

That’s because school nurses hired by the city are not allowed to monitor or treat students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, according to accounts from several school leaders. It has put administrators in the difficult position of deciding who should respond to students with symptoms inside their buildings. READ MORE

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