School districts enforce vaccine and COVID mandates but are in need of school nurses

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PEORIA (WEEK)- Peoria school districts have implemented the “Test -to-Stay” exception to allow students to be tested for COVID-19 on certain days, in the event they are in close contact with someone experiencing COVID-19 systems. The option allows more students to stay in school to better focus on their studies.

Vaccine and COVID-19 testing mandates have put more pressure on local schools beyond academia. School nurses who already had a large number of responsibilities now must perform testing and monitor staff and students with possible COVID-19 symptoms.

“When you’re short staffed it causes everyone to have to double the work load. Some districts are sharing nurses, some districts are contracting with our local unity point, and some districts are choosing to go without the nurse so families will have to make another choice,” said Beth Crider, Reginal Superintendent for Peoria County.

Schools are using COVID relief funding to staff additional nurses and other positions.

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