With outbreaks in five states, school nurses are on the front lines again. The nurse shortage across the country continues to threaten student heath.
The “nerve-wracking” school nurse shortage is one of the reasons why 3,000 members of the Oakland Education Association are on strike.
Is one school nurse per 1,750 students enough? Oakland educators don’t think so. They’re striking to fix inequities in their school system.
Recognition of the importance of school nurses will hopefully help move stalled legislation in Congress that will help schools hire more full-time nurses.
At Kennedy Elementary, teamwork, camaraderie, and mutual appreciation are the pillars upon which the school operates.