El Camino Real Academy nurse Gloribel Fierro spends her early mornings preparing for an onslaught of kids, germs, problems — and joy.

She assembles bandages and ice packs for students’ inevitable bumps and scrapes. She readies their medications and asthma treatments and tracks their vaccinations. She manages public health projects, including dental, hearing and visions checkups, plus vaccination clinics.

All the while, she positions herself as a trusted adult for the nearly 800 students at El Camino Real Academy.


School nurse Gloribel Fierro places a damp towel on the forehead of student Camille Marquez confirming she had a fever Dec. 9.


School nurse Gloribel Fierro hands student Camille Marquez a cup of water after confirming she had a fever Dec. 9.

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