As a Westport principal, Beth Messler appreciates the work of all school nurses.
“All the nurses here, and supervisor Sue Levasseur, are amazing,” she says.
But after dealing with the pandemic for nearly 2 years, she really appreciates the work Jane Sandri has done at their school: Saugatuck Elementary.
“Jane has been my absolute partner here She is always incredible, and during COVID she’s gone above and beyond.
“She is a leader, a trusted resource, and a confidante helping shepherd staff, students and families through this challenging time.”
In normal times, an elementary school nurse deals with youngsters who don’t feel well, the bumps and bruises of recess, and lice.
These are not normal times.
Jane is on duty 24/7. “She goes above and beyond to make sure every child, staff member and family feels comfortable,” Beth says.
“She reaches out personally. She wants to have conversations so she can answer questions live, not by email.
“And she always makes herself available to me outside of school hours, so I know what’s going on. Her personal touch alleviates stress for everyone.”
Jane Sandri — and all the school nurses in Westport — are on the front lines of COVID. It’s a tough, thankless, ever-changing task.
But there’s no one better to do it than these professionals. A grateful town salutes them, as our Unsung Heroes of the Week.
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