The Jenison school nurse role derived from the daycare component of our Early Childhood Center when it opened 16 years ago. Expanding on the district’s commitment to meeting the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of each student; we also believe that the ECC program helps to establish a healthy foundation for families. This is the first ‘school’ experience for the majority of our students and parents. These beliefs combined with state licensing requirements paved the way for a school nurse to be part of the original ECC programming.
Since the beginning of the ECC in 2004, the program has grown exponentially. Today, we offer daycare, 13 preschool classrooms, 8 Transitional Kindergarten classes and provide services for all early childhood age kids in the Special Education program.
I’d like to introduce you to the ECC Nursing staff and acknowledge the ways they support their students as well as families around the district.
Early Childhood Center School Nurse
We’re delighted to welcome Leslie to the Early Childhood Center as a school nurse this year. Previously, she spent 8 years as a cardiac nurse in the Meijer Heart Center of Spectrum Health and then was a District Nurse Supervisor for Wayland Union Schools for 4 years.
Her role as a nurse at the ECC includes daily caring for our youngest students and offering procedural support to other buildings. This includes annually training district personnel in medicine administration, training secretaries, administrators and bus drivers regarding allergic response and EpiPens.
Leslie is a Jenison High School alumna and she credits the Jenison community for shaping her life in a positive way, she is excited to put her passions to work for the families of JPS.
Her interests include hiking, traveling anywhere tropical, and owning the role for her kids’ biggest cheerleader through softball, volleyball, baseball, and basketball seasons! She and her husband Ryan have three children, all attending JPS at Bauerwood Elementary.
Kerri Ten Brink
School Nurse and District COVID Liaison
Kerri joined Jenison Public Schools as a nurse when the Early Childhood Center building opened. It’s an honor to continue to have Kerri on staff and we’re thankful as she has taken on the additional support role of District Covid Liaison. Instrumental in developing guidelines and implementing protocol related to all aspects of the prevention and management of Covid in our schools, Kerri is staying in daily communication with the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. It is her desire to serve and make a difference in the lives of everyone in our district as we navigate daily challenges together. She also serves as a medical resource for parents, maintains the AED machines and provides guidance to our administration team and faculty as we work together to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our Jenison students and staff. This liaison role requires great patience and an extreme amount of flexibility as we respond to the recommended health and safety practices in alignment with the CDC. While we work hard to keep our students safe and healthy with continued face to face instruction, it is a gift to have someone who loves, and knows our district so well in this role.
I also want to extend a generous amount of gratitude to our community for adapting to a flexible mindset. The Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) protocols are regularly changing based on the health needs of our community and county. We are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe and respond and adjust to these protocols as they are being provided to us.