Bergen County Education Association (BCEA) recognizes that this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week and National School Nurses Day are profoundly different than in previous years. When the call went out to classrooms around Bergen County to prepare for remote teaching and online learning, what seemed like a weeks’ or months’ worth of work and energy seemed to pass in seconds. Remote classrooms were set-up in basements, in living rooms, at dining room tables, even on the streets and driveways of teachers’ homes in an effort to continue the proud tradition of a state recognized for its schools being number one in the nation, of providing as excellent an education to its students as one can in such circumstances.
“We know this is happening across the state, but especially here in Bergen, where our communities are being hit so hard from the virus, we are so proud of how we’ve all come together to support each other. It’s inspiring and powerful,” said BCEA President Sue McBride, on behalf of the BCEA Leadership Team, Andy Policastro, Esther Fletcher, and Jenn Clemen.
“Our school nurses are fearless, I just can’t believe how amazing they are,” said Policastro. “Every day they make sure our students and staff are healthy and happy and making good choices. But, with this pandemic, we have seen what truly courageous and wonderful human beings they are. They have stepped up in capacities around the county to help with testing and other roles. They certainly deserve more than a national day of thanks,” noted Fletcher.
“On our BCEA social media, we are asking members to tag their teachers and nurses using the hashtag #thankateacher and #thankanurse this week and beyond. “Gratitude doesn’t have an end time,” said Clemen.