February 10, 2012
IT IS VERY unfortunate that Philadelphia has decided to reduce the number of school nurses. All children benefit from the expertise provided by the school nurse. However, for the child with diabetes, a number of other caregivers can be trained to administer insulin and to recognize and treat low blood sugar. Parents of newly diagnosed children with diabetes quickly learn to care for their child. They also train others, such as family members and babysitters, to provide care. And, of course, older children can usually administer their own insulin.
March 2, 2012 |
About 200 people organized by Occupy Philadelphia protested state funding cuts for education outside School District headquarters Thursday afternoon. Some speakers addressed other issues, but the main thrust was education during the rally of Occupy protesters and union leaders at 440 N. Broad St. Gov. Corbett's proposed budget would eliminate $21 million in funding - mainly used for full-day kindergarten and prekindergarten programs - for the Philadelphia School District. The district already faces a $61 million shortfall this school year.
October 22, 2014 |
It started Friday with a memo meant for staff at Howard Yocum Elementary School in Maple Shade. The school nurse wrote that on Monday, two students were arriving at the K-2 school from Rwanda, an East African nation with no Ebola cases. Even so, the nurse wrote, she was going to take the precaution of monitoring the children's temperatures during school three times a day for 21 days. That memo came to the attention of parents. It sounded an alarm. On Saturday, Maple Shade School Superintendent Beth Norcia sent out a message posted on the district's website, saying that even though the children were symptom-free and were not coming from an infected area, their parents had decided to keep the children home this week.
October 13, 2014 |
AS PRINCIPAL of Universal Bluford Charter School, Crystal Gary-Nelson saw about 6 percent of her students missing daily last year. That's a pretty low number, but one she wants to improve upon. The issue, she said, was not so much truancy, but sickness. "For us, if I can just keep my scholars in school healthy, that's a bonus for us," the second-year principal said. One of the problems is "kids being sick for a prolonged period of time and it going untreated. " To help address the issue, the West Philadelphia school and the seven other schools run by Universal Companies now have a full-scale health center, a hybrid between a school nurse and a doctor's office.
December 13, 2011 |
Jill Townsend Red, 76, of Malvern, a nurse and conservationist, died of nonsmoking lung cancer Thursday, Dec. 8, at home. In 1970, Mrs. Red and her husband, Donald E., moved to Radnor when he joined the radiology staff of Lankenau Hospital. He later chaired the radiology department and was president of the medical staff. While her husband pursued his medical career, Mrs. Red raised four sons, worked as a nurse, and became involved in the community. She and other activists fought to protect the former 46-acre Zantzinger estate in Radnor from development.
January 25, 2013
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why are so many public-school students needlessly going hungry? Only 35 percent of New Jersey's 471,714 children eligible for a free or reduced-price meal received breakfast at school last year. That's among the lowest participation rates in the country. New Jersey ranks 46th in the number of low-income students who get breakfast at school. Pennsylvania is 36th. Nationally, only about 50 percent of students in the reduced or free lunch program eat a school breakfast.
January 19, 2014 |
Sister Anne Gallagher, 74, a nurse and member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 49 years, died Sunday, Jan. 12, of cancer in Assisi House, Aston Township. She was born in Washington, N.J., and was a graduate of Washington High School. She graduated from St. Francis Hospital School in Trenton in 1960. Formerly Sister Margaret Leo, she entered the St. Francis order in 1962 and professed her first vows in 1965. Sister Anne earned a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1974 from Neumann University in Aston.
September 30, 2000 |
Sarah E. Dougherty, 77, a dedicated nurse who became head of New Jersey's school nurses in the 1980s, died Monday at Manor Care nursing facility in West Deptford after a short battle with lung cancer. She was a lifelong resident of Harrison Township and was born in Mullica Hill. Miss Dougherty was a registered nurse who began as a surgical nurse. She became a school nurse and eventually headed school health services for the New Jersey Department of Education. During World War II, Miss Dougherty was a surgical nurse at Cooper Hospital in Camden.
March 7, 2012
In the second incident of its kind in just over a week, a student in a Philadelphia school shot a classmate with a pellet gun Tuesday afternoon and was suspended and arrested, authorities said. School District spokesman Fernando Gallard said a seventh grader brought a plastic pellet gun to Henry A. Brown Academic Plus School, a kindergarten-through-eighth-grade facility at Sergeant and Jasper Streets in Kensington. The student shot a classmate in the back of the head about 11:30 a.m., officials said.
May 7, 1992 |
Public school students are not the only ones affected by West Chester's plan to cut back its nursing staff. So too are the four parochial schools and one private school located within the West Chester Area School District. Bishop Shanahan, because of its size, would probably retain its school nurse under the proposed plan to cut the nursing staff from 21 to 10. West Chester Friends School and three parochial elementary schools - Saint Agnes, SS. Philip and James, and SS. Simon and Jude - would share nurses.