LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to introducing each of the district’s school nurses during Monday’s Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) meeting, the Livingston Public Schools (LPS) district also honored its “Healthcare Heroes” through a video compilation featuring messages of gratitude as well as a gift of LPS scrubs donated by the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF) in honor of their extraordinary efforts to keep LPS kids safe.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LPS Superintendent Dr. Matthew Block noted that the “craft of nursing and the art of being a school nurse has gone from what just seemed like 24 hours a day, seven days a week to actually being 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

“You wouldn't think there was an extra second in their day that they could have handled what has come at them—particularly this year with our contact-tracing protocols, with our daily quarantine tracker forms, with working with families and symptoms and people who have traveled and people who are not sure whether they be in school,” said Block. “We are calling them all the time talking to them all the time, and our students and our families are as well, so we would all be remiss if we didn't take a minute to just say thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do.

“Truly, our nurses have been on the front lines this year; and while this last school year has been a challenge for all of us, […] there was a lot that was asked of every single one of our nurses, and they responded with a forceful alarm.”

As Sinead Crews, Director of School Counseling for LPS, announced the LEF’s contribution to helping provide LPS scrubs to all nurses, she said she was honored to work with and learn from all of them every day.

“The kindness and the care, compassion and love that you dedicate to students and staff every single day is just remarkable,” she said.

Block and members of the LBOE recognized that the nurses have been an inspiration to the entire community over the last year and expressed gratitude toward their willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of them.

“On behalf of the board, and I'm sure many will echo my sentiments, we appreciate the school nurses on a regular year, and this year it's even more heroic,” said LBOE President Samantha Messer. “Sometimes I accidentally get a glimpse into it because (Collins School nurse) Ashley Messer has the same last name as I do. We're not related, but every now and then, I get an Email that is meant for the other Mrs. Messer, and I see just how much people trust you with their kids and just how much work you do every day. So thank you all for everything you do.”

To view the full video, which was produced by LPS Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator Michelle Bent and features comments from the nurses as well as students, CLICK HERE.

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