In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, Lewiston High School nurse Melissa Gendron, middle right, checks the license plate of a vehicle as St. Mary's Health System nurse practitioner, Carolyn McNamara, takes a swab from a staff member at a coronavirus testing site at Lewiston Middle School in Lewiston. Credit: Russ Dillingham / Sun Journal via AP

Maine has decided to hand its “School Nurse of the Year” award to all the school nurses in the state.

Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, and the Maine Department of Education said Wednesday they and the Maine Association of School Nurses are recognizing all school nurses as the “School Nurse of the Year” for the 2020-21 school year. Mills said school nurses “have helped adapt with grace and grit to protect the health of our children.”

Mills and the education department said the coronavirus pandemic has taxed resources at school districts throughout the state. School nurses have had to take on new responsibilities to help keep students healthy and schools safe, they said.

Wednesday was National School Nurses Day.