Beginning in March 2020, public school systems across New York state were directly affected by the onset of COVID-19. Parents, caregivers, along with administrators, teachers and staff had to learn how to navigate the process of day-to-day instruction and planning for our school community. A large part of that process is due to the hard work and dedication of our school nurses in the RCS District. Each day, they are prepared to assist our students and staff with safety and health protocols, while continuing to work in a school environment.
As we head into the holiday season, the RCS District will be highlighting our nurses and the work they do to keep us safe and informed during this time.
Today, we introduce you to RCS High School Nurse Ms. Randio. She has been a nurse in the district for 22 years and plays a key role in our COVID-19 preparation and outreach.
RCS High School - Registered Nurse Ms. Randio – Q&A
How did you first enter the nursing field?
I’ve always had an interest in the healthcare profession and wanted to be able to assist and care for people. My mother was a registered nurse and I chose to follow in her footsteps. For several years, we both worked together in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Albany Medical Center. In total, I have been a registered nurse for 34 years.
How has COVID-19 impacted our school community?
COVID-19 has impacted our school community by interrupting conventional schooling. It has affected the continuity of learning and the supportive environments needed to focus on instruction. Our teachers have had to adapt to new modes of teaching in today’s classroom.
What’s your role as a nurse in the RCS High School?
My role as a nurse in the RCS High School is that I am the on-site health care representative providing medical care and support for students and staff. Increasing numbers of students with chronic health conditions require management during the school day. I am a clinician, leader, educator and advocate in the school environment.
What important items should parents know regarding COVID-19 in today’s schools?
An important item that parents/caregivers should know regarding COVID-19 is that we all MUST remain vigilant. Parents should not send their child to school if they are sick. The more steps we make to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the safer we will be. Three important ways to slow the spread are: wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others and wash your hands often.
At the end of the day, what enables you to be proud of the support you provide at RCS?
Knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of students and their families is what enables me to be proud of the support I provide within the district. Also, knowing that I may have positively impacted and influenced a student. It's just being there for people.
Any additional health information you would like to provide district families?
We continue to accept any health appraisal forms and up-to-date immunizations for students. Please continue to provide these documents to the health offices as they are completed. Continue to keep your student(s) building nurse aware of any medical conditions or concerns. Open communication is key so that we can provide appropriate care, support and safety in the school environment.