Letter to the Editor | Teachers Union President Alvin Nash: Making the Grade on School Health

Published : Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 4:04 PM

Dear Editor:

On May 8, 2019, United Teachers of Pasadena recognizes PUSD’s school nurses by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

The theme this year is School Nurses: Making the Grade on School Health.

Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses. National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Today’s children face more chronic health illnesses (e.g. asthma, diabetes, food allergies, mental health, etc.) than ever before, and school nurses take their role as a licensed, professional school nurse very seriously. School nurses in PUSD take on a variety of roles every day. For many children, they are the only health professional they may have access to, except in emergencies. This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional, and other health problems keep increasing.

Did you know that there are only ten school nurses across the District? That means other school professionals and school administrators, with no medical training, must sometimes step in and provide some level of care.

Healthier students are better learners. Evidence-based research in fields ranging from neuroscience and child development to epidemiology and public health support this argument. Our elected officials must invest in programs and services that seek to improve the health and well-being outcomes of all children. As the Superintendent and the School Board make funding decisions for next school year, I hope their budget reflects the right priorities – ensuring our children have a successful, productive, and healthy future.


Alvin Nash, President
United Teachers of Pasadena

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