Isolation Room 2

Alden Elementary School Nurse Nicky Nachazel is utilizing a flow chart that will help teachers and staff members understand the protocols used to determine if a student has COVID-19 symptoms.

During an ordinary year, school nurses are busy dealing with common illnesses like colds, flu and strep throat. But this is no ordinary year. Now, they're preparing for uncharted waters with the return to school amid a global pandemic.

School nurses Nicky Nachazel in the Alden School District and Laura Thies in Iowa Falls are faced with the task of caring for the safety of students and staff, while knowing their roles will be expanded greatly during the pandemic.

Isolation Room 1

Laura Thies, school nurse at Iowa Falls-Alden High School, Riverbend Middle School, Pineview Elementary and Rock Run Elementary, hangs a sign on the door of the teachers' lounge at the high school. The area will also be utilized as an isolation room for students who experience COVID-19 symptoms.

Isolation Room 3

School nurse Laura Thies stands inside one of the isolation room pods at Iowa FAlls-Alden High School. She hopes the measures taken by the school district will help slow COVID-19 outbreaks.

Isolation Room 4

A sign has been placed on the door of the Iowa Falls-Alden High School Teachers' Lounge entrance. The space will be used as the building's isolation room.

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