HACKENSACK, NJ - A school nurse in Hackensack is using crowdfunding to help provide thermometers for the students and families in her school.
Wendy Lamparelli is the School Nurse at Jackson Avenue Elementary School. She has a project on the crowdfunding website DonorsChoose called "Check! Check! What's Your Temp?," to provide 350 thermometers to the students at the school. Her project was listed in late November and has a deadline to be completed by late March 2021.
"I continually try to be a leader for my school community by creating opportunities for the children to grow and be their social-emotional best. As the school nurse, I give a lot of hugs and create a safe place for the children to connect and feel loved while also treating their illnesses," Lamparelli posted.
She noted that with the rising coronavirus cases, people are take extra measures to be safe, including using masks, sanitizer, and PPE. "However, one essential piece of medical equipment helping us battle this pandemic is a working thermometer."
Many families in my school are trying their best to provide an environment that is safe for their children; however, some rely on the hand to forehead method and may not have a working thermometer to determine an accurate temp.
While many children may be asymptomatic and show no signs at all, one of the most common symptoms of COVID in children and young adults is a fever.
Fever screening is important. Having a working thermometer at home will provide families an opportunity to conduct daily fever screenings for themselves and their children. In addition, it will assist in the fever screening process that will be conducted upon the students' return to school since parents will be able to take the temperatures from home.
Lamparelli's project can be found on DonorsChoose at Check! Check! What's Your Temp?