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School nurses called on to expand duties during pandemic

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Nurse Nicole Metko, right, vaccinates Eden Charles, a researcher in the School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Emergency Medicine, with the first of a two-dose shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as eligible Phase 1a recipients begin receiving coronavirus vaccinations at University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Jan. 5, 2021. This initial phase of vaccination for members of the UW-Madison community includes frontline health care workers and others in direct contact with COVID-19 patients, or in direct contact with the virus that causes COVID-19 or virus specimens. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)

BOSCOBEL (WKOW) -- It's the final day of National Nurses Week. The final day of celebration is National School Nurse Day.

Nurses like Suzanne Brinkman at Boscobel School District have been called to expand their duties during the pandemic -- that includes contact tracing positive COVID-19 cases.

"So we had to take that over on our own, many school nurses and school districts did so and then the quarantines and isolations learning all of that process and then guiding parents and enforcing that. And then at the end some vaccinations for staff and looking to vaccinations for students. So those are the things that would be different or added this year, as compared to a typical school year," said Brinkman.

Brinkman added the district is working with the Grant County Health Department to coordinate some vaccine clinics for students in the 12-15 age group.