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Red Wing Schools COVID Response Team Honored

The Red Wing Public Schools COVID Response Team has been recognized by the community.

For their dedication and exemplary work during the ongoing pandemic – above and beyond fulfilling their regular duties – Dawn Wettern, Shanda Jorgensen and Joni Gorman received the Red Wing Rotary’s Service Above Self Award last week.

In March 2020, emergency declarations closed school buildings statewide while simultaneously tasking districts with providing free child care for Tier I and II workers.

The RWPS action plan included creating the COVID Response Team, spearheaded by Wettern, who is the Community Education director and oversees Kids Junction, the school’s child care program; and Shanda Jorgensen, the district’s safety consultant.

That July, Joni Gorman joined the team as the district’s new lead licensed school nurse.

Their responsibilities included safety protocols, contact tracing, messaging and more.

Superintendent Karsten Anderson, nominated the team and said for nearly two years they have worked extra hours – often weeknights and weekends -- without complaint, always putting students’ and fellow staff members’ health needs first.

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