Kudos to the Jo Kelly School Health Assistants
The medical staff at the Jo Kelly School is prepared for any emergent issue that arises with the school's more than 40 students.
On campus, are some of the District's most medically-fragile, severe and profoundly disabled students. The students are unable to communicate verbally or walk and many require feedings through a tube. The medical staff assists the students with feedings, medication and other medical needs.
Rita White, the registered nurse at the Jo Kelly School, recently contacted Inside FWISD to offer kudos to her trio of health assistants -- Mona Alonso, Ashley Street and Angelica Marshall. She said that without the staff she has in place, "it wouldn't work."
"The health assistants at Jo Kelly will and do provide medical care to our students with heart and love that I have not seen in my 33 ½ years of nursing in the Army, trauma ICU, ER, home health, and previous school nursing," said Ms. White. "The health assistants' commitment here at Jo Kelly is at the top of the dedication bar.
"My health assistants should and need to be recognized for their hard work and dedicated commitment."
Health assistants must be versatile in their work, Ms. Alonso said. While one moment they're helping a student, the next they're verifying doctor's orders or responding to a crisis. She added that what she enjoys most about her job is seeing her students smile and watching them interact.
Jo Kelly health assistant Angelica Mitchell feeds a student
Ms. Marshall said the job is ever changing from week to week and requires close attention to detail. Being that the students are unable to communicate verbally, the health assistants must know when their students are sad, what makes them laugh or happy and also what makes them cry. She said it makes her feel good to know that she can be of help to her students and that they know she's there for them.
Harriette Weissenborn, a special education teacher at Jo Kelly, said the work for the school's medical staff is intensive and that they handle it "incredibly well." They know so much about the students, including their breathing patterns and when it's time to intervene.
"They're very sharp in their skills. It can be pretty intense," Ms. Weissenborn said. "A lot of what they do is routine, but there's a lot of things that are not so routine."
The job is more than administering medication and food, said Ms. Street, a health assistant at Jo Kelly. Health assistants also serve as advocates for Jo Kelly students and families.
Jo Kelly health assistant Ashley Street prepares food for a student.
"You fall in love with the kids. At the end of the day, that's who we're here for. That's who we advocate for," she said. "It's like a second family to them. That's who we are. We have to be the eyes and ears to them at all times."
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FWISD ADDRESSES MAKEUP WORK HOURS FOR JANUARY 16 DELAY
Fort Worth Independent School District non-exempt employees are not required to make up hours related to late arrivals on January 16, 2018.
The District delayed school start times two hours, January 16 because of expected inclement weather.
Employees may receive up to two hours credit for late arrivals based on their schedule.
"This credit will prevent any dock in pay due to the two-hour delay," said Elsie Schiro, chief financial officer in a District memorandum. "If an employee is granted credit for any amount of time, it should be for the time missed up to two hours prior to his/her scheduled work day on January 16, 2018. These hours should in no way place the employee into overtime status in KRONOS for the week of January 13-19, 2018."
- Compensatory time is being allowed for up to two hours to the following non-exempt employees:
- Arrived at normal scheduled time;
- Arrived between normal scheduled time and before delayed start time;
- Already made up the missed time
Supervisors are required to monitor all compensatory time earned and used because of the January 16 delay.
FWISD Operations Is Hiring
Know someone looking for a job?
The Fort Worth ISD Operations Department is hiring hardworking, dedicated individuals to join the team as monitors, custodians and bus drivers.
In this video, 17-year veteran bus driver Shauntrell McIntyre talks about the impact she hopes to leave with students and the impact her job has made on her.
A bus driver is likely the first person that students interact with in the morning, she says.
"You can be a positive or you can be a negative, but to me, I rather be a positive, make them smile," Ms. McIntyre says. "I have a compassion for the kids that I pick up.
"I feel that this is the most precious cargo that you can transport."
Learn more about FWISD job opportunities today at www.fwisd.org/careers.
Thank you, Goya Foods and the Amador Molina family for your support of Fort Worth ISD's Parent University.
Goya Foods provided gift bags and backpacks for the Parent University graduates and assisted with the graduation reception on Thursday, January 25, 2018.
The family of former Manuel Jara Elementary custodian, Amador Molina, presented Parent University graduate Mayra Acosta with a $500 scholarship. The family has sponsored scholarships for Parent University graduates the last three years.
Learn more about the Parent University ceremony here.