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Quarantine Q&A: Nurse Dresser

TRL’s Margo Friloux interviews high school nurse Amy Dresser about COVID-19
Hannah Gonzalez
High school nurse Amy Dresser shares how the district nurses are educating administration, staff and students during COVID-19. Dresser also shares her thoughts on the future of the pandemic.

TRL: What are you doing now to help the school?

Nurse Dresser: The other district nurses and I are keeping updated daily on COVID-19 with the CDC, Collin County Health Department, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott updates, national and worldwide health resources. 

TRL: What are your thoughts on the virus returning in the fall? 

ND: My prediction for the fall semester regarding COVID-19 is that we don’t know what we don’t know. There are more questions than answers at this point, and it is too early to predict what the fall will look like. Coronavirus research is ongoing. That being said, there are things we can do now to prepare. We need to make sure our information is coming from a qualified medical source, like the CDC. There are important steps to follow for personal and public safety. We need to practice safety precautions– 6 feet physical distancing, proper hand washing technique of 20 seconds, sanitizing your hands properly when you are unable to wash them, not touching your face (eyes, nose, or mouth especially), properly wearing and removing a cloth face mask, and most importantly staying home if you are sick (which has always been the district policy). We need to practice being a good community member by being kind, patient, compassionate, and selfless. 

TRL: How has the nursing staff responded to this pandemic?

ND: We are educating our campus administration, staff, parents, and students through campus and district communications. We are also continuing with all our other responsibilities as school nurses.  We are reaching out and staying connected to our students with medical needs as well.

TRL: What is your advice to students during this time?

ND: We need to practice being a good community member by being kind, patient, compassionate and selfless. We need to practice self-care with good hygiene, proper sleep, exercise, healthy eating, appropriate social connections, appropriate coping skills regarding stress and mental fatigue.

TRL: How do you think this pandemic affects the future of the district?

ND: As we get closer to the fall semester, Lovejoy ISD will likely incorporate some changes to school policies to help protect students against the coronavirus with guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Texas Depart of State Health Services, and the CDC. The district nurses will be a part of this team.

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Margo Friloux
Margo Friloux, Section Editor
Entering her final year on staff, Margo is excited to work with her Co-Sports Editor and Leopard Life alum, Will Doig. This year is bittersweet to Friloux. She is ready to soak up the rest of her high school years in the newsroom. Out of the newsroom, Friloux is hoping it up, hanging out with friends, going to Braum's, watching “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Star Wars” and hanging out with her sisters. Friloux is an avid Harry Styles and Anakin Skywalker fan. She gets the chance to see her idol, Mr.Styles, in concert this year, and she is determined to make him fall in love with her. In school, Friloux is a part of the Patient Care Technician (PCT) class, NHS, LARK and basketball. Although she’s still shedding tears over the retirement of Parker and Lindsey, she and Doig are still carrying on the Leopard Life legacy. Live. Laugh. Love. TRL. 
Hannah Gonzalez
Hannah Gonzalez, Graphics Editor
Mama Mia, here we go again. As she takes her last ride in the TRL classroom, Hannah Gonzalez is ready to end this year with a bang. Gonzalez serves as a Co-Graphics editor for the third year in a row and this is her fourth year on staff. When she’s not making killer graphics, you can most likely find Gonzalez on the volleyball court, at FCA meetings, in school or going for a joy ride in the Jeep that she named “Beep.” Although TRL is life, Gonzalez also enjoys going for late-night ice cream runs, watching early morning sunrises, going to church every Sunday morning and going on an occasional lake trip. To add to her list of accomplishments, Gonzalez has won three state championships and is looking for a fourth. With her happy planner by her side, Gonzalez is looking forward to kicking procrastination to the curb as she conquers her final year as a high school student. 

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