PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Mica Sosa knows it's impossible to protect every kid from catching COVID-19, but she's sure going to try. The head nurse at Monte Vista Elementary School in Phoenix has made it her mission to slow the spread in the Creighton School District. "We actually do error on the side of caution, being able to rapidly test students and staff and get an answer right away has been very helpful," said Sosa.
Since the school year started, COVID-19 cases at Creighton's nine schools are a bit lower than other school districts around the state. Sosa attributes their success to a number of factors like a mask mandate, rapid tests available for students and staff and a full-time nurse on every campus, instead of a health assistant or aide.
"COVID cases can present with just one symptom, or a collection of vague symptoms that can be missed by someone with less experience," said Sosa. A few Valley school districts are experiencing a shortage of school nurses. But that's not the case in the Creighton School District, where there's been very little turnover.
It's one of the first school districts in the Valley to issue such a requirement.
Jay Mann is chief of business operations in the Creighton School District. He's convinced that their ability to keep parents engaged has made it easier to put COVID-19 safety measures in place. "Being able to have those conversations and get interested parent perspectives that involve them in some of the recommendations going forward to the superintendent and governing board, makes a really big difference," said Mann.