Wendy Robison, a school nurse in Western Beaver County School District, has been a leader in Beaver County’s efforts to keep schools safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her goal? To make sure “every child succeeds” – no matter what.
Working with school staff, medical professionals, and community leaders in her county, she has helped to provide comprehensive information and plans to school staff.
“I’ve learned more about the virus than I ever thought I could,” Robison said. “I’ve learned how valuable our public education system is and how much work everyone has done.”
When the pandemic began in the spring, Robison collaborated with her superintendent, reached out to all other districts in the county, and raided the supplies of masks, gowns, goggles, and gloves from science rooms, maintenance, and nursing offices to deliver them to a local hospital.
After that, Robison’s primary mission was to look at all of the information and evidence she could find about COVID-19 and help shape the best way to teach and serve kids – while reducing health risks.
“We’ve researched everything – evidence based practices,” she said. “And we chose things that were supported by research.”
She helped to create a vast folder of all the research she could find from different states, the CDC, the WHO, and the DOH and tried to fit that information into the educational system, working to look at the broad picture, and gathering as many people’s ideas as possible.
“We’ll get past this eventually, but it’s going to take everyone’s effort to get past it. The educational process is so important to the future.”