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May 31, 2014
It is of little comfort to know that a school's lack of a staff nurse played no apparent role in the death of a first grader last week. A child's death is always tragic, and as Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said, "During times of tragedy, our community should not have to question whether an extra staff member or a program would have made a difference. " The seven-year-old Jackson Elementary School student had a congenital heart defect, which can lead to sudden death, medical examiners said.
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April 10, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harriet Hillebrand Burns' decision to become a psychiatric nurse was swift. "At her first taste of an autopsy" while a nursing student, her husband John E. Burns recalled, "she said, 'I'm going into psych nursing.' " He suggested that in her career, "if she could be likened to a part of the body, she was a shoulder. " At a Veterans Administration medical center in Los Angeles in the late 1950s and early 1960s where she nursed, he said, "people could confide in her and seek her counsel.
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May 14, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gertrude F. Tierney Lavery, 79, of Cherry Hill, a longtime nurse at Cinnaminson High School known for her outgoing and take-charge attitude, died of liver cancer Wednesday, May 12, at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Though Mrs. Lavery's title was registered nurse, she took various other roles at the school: counselor, teacher, even emergency driver. "She was extremely accommodating to kids and went beyond what was expected of her," said teacher Al Sloan, who worked at the school all 26 years Mrs. Lavery was the nurse.
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December 27, 1990 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
A school nurse has sued the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, contending that she was illegally assigned to homeroom and other duties in addition to her nursing job. According to the suit, Bonnie Spangler of Wayne, a nurse in the school district for the last six years, has been assigned to "morning duty" this school year and last in violation of the state Public School Code. Her morning duty involved monitoring the cafeteria at the Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School, where pupils await the start of the school day. Spangler's suit, filed Dec. 6, does not seek damages.
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October 22, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Rebecca Ellen Jones Alderfer, 79, of Hartsville in Bucks County, a retired school nurse known for her compassionate nature, died of lung cancer Sunday in Abington Memorial Hospital. After practicing nursing at the Abington hospital for several years in the 1940s, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from what was then West Chester State Teachers College and became a school nurse. "Thousands of schoolchildren felt her loving touch during her 20 years as a school nurse for the Central Bucks School District," said a son, David Alderfer.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | BY EILEEN DUFFEY
FOUR YEARS AGO, a Philadelphia school nurse literally breathed life into the lungs of a child in respiratory and cardiac distress. She compressed her chest until medics arrived to take over. The child recovered at CHOP and went on to have a successful heart transplant. The front page story on Christmas Day told of the greatest gift her parents would ever receive - their little girl discharged with a brand new heart. That same week, 50 school nurses were laid off. By year's end the district was operating 100 nurses short.
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July 16, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Anna C. Heller, 88, a school nurse who gave three decades of service to Mount Holly schools, students and families, died Tuesday at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, where she lived. A 1926 graduate of the former Mount Holly High School, Mrs. Heller received her nursing degree from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and her school nursing permit from Trenton State College in 1935. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Rutgers University in 1947.
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November 18, 2010 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jacqueline Rich Sauro, 79, of Moorestown, a longtime nurse at Cherry Hill High School East whose easygoing personality made her a favorite chaperone for class trips, died of lung cancer Friday, Nov. 12, at her home. Mrs. Sauro took her school nurse's job "to an entirely different level," said former Cherry Hill East principal James Gallagher, now the district's assistant superintendent. "She was a surrogate mother to a lot of the kids," he said. Students were often in her office seeking advice on more than just health, he said.
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July 15, 1996 | By Susan Q. Stranahan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 22 1/2 years, youngsters in the Norristown school system might just as well have had their mother in the school nurse's office. Until she retired in 1984, Jessie Woessner was in charge. And in addition to dispensing Band-Aids and throat lozenges, she took an active interest in their overall well-being, according to her daughter. "She cared for them as if they were her own," said Jessie Ann Moser of Allentown. Mrs. Woessner, who lived in East Norriton Township, died Friday at her home.
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August 11, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Aletta M. Crichton, 86, Pemberton Township's first school nurse and a strong advocate for the creation of special-education classes in the district, died last Friday at the Health Care Center at Cadbury, Cherry Hill. Mrs. Crichton retired in 1973, and in 1978, the school district paid tribute to her long service and dedication to students by naming a Browns Mills school - the Aletta M. Crichton School - in her honor. A Cherry Hill resident, Mrs. Crichton was a registered nurse who joined the Pemberton Township School District in 1950, serving all eight schools.
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NEWS
September 13, 2016
THERE IS a long list of adults who failed Ethan Okula, the 10-year-old foster child who died earlier this year because of an obstructed bowel, misdiagnosed as a stomachache. At the top has to be the boy's father, who regularly beat Ethan and his brother and promised to beat them again if he had the chance. That's when Ethan entered the city's foster-care system. Also on the list is one of his early foster mothers who threw him out on the street when she grew tired of caring for the boy, who had a number of health issues stemming from his premature birth.
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September 10, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER jterruso@phillynews.com 215-854-5506 @juliaterruso
A second report on the death of a 10-year-old foster child has found that a caseworker falsified documents after the boy's death and Philadelphia school officials failed to follow district protocol that could have helped him. The report on the death of Ethan Okula was released Tuesday by the Act 33 team charged with investigating child fatalities for the Department of Human Services. It's the first time a child's death has prompted a follow-up report since the review team was formed in 2009.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
Ethan Okula's stomach hurt so badly his legs buckled beneath him. He was moaning when a teaching assistant at Julia De Burgos Elementary in North Philly took him to the school nurse on Feb. 10. The nurse placed him in a wheelchair because he was too weak to sit up in a chair and kept falling to the floor. Ethan vomited and fell asleep. He defecated in his pants. He was 10 years old and he was dying, and no one seemed to realize it. Ethan had been failed by adults his whole life.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Kathy Boccella, and Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITERS
As promised, the Obama administration on Friday sent letters to school districts across the country outlining the civil rights of transgender students, including access to bathrooms and locker rooms. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal funds, the letter said, saying schools should allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. The sweeping guidance does not have the force of law, but it warns that schools that do not comply could face lawsuits or lose federal aid. It ups the ante in the debate over bathroom laws, which are the subject of a charged lawsuit between North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Justice.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Susan Snyder and Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITERS
, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. pledged Thursday to have a full-time nurse and counselor in every Philadelphia district school next fall. But the plan, presented at a principals' meeting at Martin Luther King High School, is contingent on approval of Gov. Wolf's proposed 2016-17 budget. Wolf's $33.3 billion spending plan calls for a substantial increase in funding for schools, said Fernando Gallard, district spokesman. Republican leaders have said the budget has "no chance" of passing.
NEWS
January 28, 2016
A school bus carrying elementary-pupils clipped a car and crashed into a utility pole Tuesday morning in Chester County, landing in a snow embankment and slightly injuring a student, officials said. Police are investigating the cause of the crash but said neither driver could see the other due to piled snow. The bus with 35 students on board was traveling east on Route 113 in Uwchlan Township toward Lionville Elementary School when a car began to pull out of the Shops at Lionville Station onto the road.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those crashes have many causes, but one risk factor getting increasing attention is teens' use of cellphones while driving. A CDC risk survey found almost 45 percent of teens who responded said they had texted while driving during the previous 30 days. Other researchers have found that more than half of youths ages 16 and 17 who have cellphones have talked on them while driving.
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October 19, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Rachel Dodek can remain relatively calm about her 6-year-old Alex, newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. But Tuesdays and Thursdays, when John Hancock Elementary doesn't have a nurse on duty, are excruciating. An agency nurse is supposed to visit those days to check the first grader's blood sugar and administer his insulin - but someone doesn't always show, and even when someone does, the care is inconsistent, his mother said. "I'm on edge from the time I wake up on days when I know the regular nurse isn't there," Dodek said.
NEWS
October 13, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
By now, Philadelphia's beleaguered public schools are accustomed to doing without things that elsewhere are givens: paper, textbooks, cleaning supplies. But this year, some schools lack a service covering their most basic of needs: a school nurse. Three Philadelphia School District schools have no nurse coverage at all this year, officials confirmed, not even once a week. A higher number - 16, nurses say - have no regular coverage, but do have a nurse assigned to check on the school if there is a spare moment.
NEWS
August 22, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission moved Thursday night to block a proposed charter school's new application and to sell two unused buildings. Esperanza Elementary Charter School first came before the SRC in the winter, hoping to open a school in North Philadelphia. It already operates a charter high school and middle school in the area. The SRC turned down the application in February and denied it again Thursday, saying that although Esperanza has excelled at the high school level, its performance has been uneven for middle school.
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