by Judy Leamy RN, BSN, LSN

Crisis reveals leadership.

I wish I could capture the commitment for kids, compassion for our community, and leadership of our administrators over the last few weeks. COVID-19 hit our beautiful country like a category 6 hurricane and now is in our region.

Although we as a team in Loveland Schools, administrators and staff alike, stood ready with preparedness plans in place fine-tuned over the last month anticipating this virus would be a major issue, what has played out at lightning speed over the last week is unprecedented. The levy has loomed large on the hearts and minds of Loveland City Schools

Judy Leamy has been a Loveland City School District Nurse for 24 years and Loveland Community member 30 years

especially with one failed levy and knowing if this one fails, the cuts/ loss of programs will be overwhelming and deep. But this did not matter these last weeks. Our kids and community needed us to be calm, focused and prepared and we will always be there for them.

Our vision and interventions we put in place since the last levy (thank you Loveland for believing in us!) are needed now and we are grateful to have the tools to try and meet the need.

The infrastructure and personnel we put in place for technology now allow us to try and continue education at home knowing it can never replace a teacher who knows her/ his students and provides for all their individual needs. But we have the capacity now to try and make a difference for our kids and families with virtual learning. Dr. Crouse was steady as our leader managing, delegating, anticipating, bringing teams together including community partners, honestly communicating and staying focused on the goal- keeping Loveland students, staff, families and community members safe and their basic needs (ie food- thank you NEST and LIFE Pantry for partnering with us) met.

We had the vision of purchasing our T360 Clorox machines four or five years ago which has been a game-changer in keeping our absenteeism down since then and our family (staff and students) healthy. Right now and moving forward as we try to mitigate our risk in Loveland, these machines are crucial.

As a District Nurse, I am grateful for this honest, hard-working committed team of administrators, for a Board of Education who has vision, for colleagues who exemplify professionalism to be part of the solution for any crisis, and for a community who rally together to be the “Love” in Loveland.

More than ever, this is why I am voting YES for Loveland Schools and hope you will join me…


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