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How This School Nurse Handles Work During COVID-19

Jen BarbouRoske is an elementary school nurse in the Iowa City Community School District.
Jen BarbouRoske is an elementary school nurse in the Iowa City Community School District.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for Midwestern school districts as they balance their students’ education and safety. At the forefront are school nurses, who are responsible for screening kids for COVID-19, notifying parents and even contact tracing. And that’s on top of their regular duties.

To get a closer look at the issue, Side Effects spoke with Jen BarbouRoske, a nurse at three elementary schools in the Iowa City Community School District. She reflected on the extra challenges her team has faced so far this school year.

This story was produced bySide Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.

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