December 24, 2012 |
Coming over the holiday break to about a third of Philadelphia high schools: clear plastic dispensers chock-full of free condoms. The dispensers will be placed in the 22 high schools whose students had the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and condoms will be available to any student - so long as their parents did not sign a form opting them out of the program. It's a pilot designed to address "an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease in adolescents in Philadelphia," said Donald F. Schwarz, the deputy mayor for health and opportunity.
October 13, 2015 |
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.
January 17, 2016 |
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.
January 10, 2002
THE STAFF of the Philadelphia's Roberto Clemente Middle School just got a reminder that terrorist attacks on the nation's health don't come only in powder-filled envelopes. When dozens of students started acting sick and lethargic at the school on Tuesday, their quick-thinking teacher called the school nurse. And the nurse's fast call to the police got the sickest kids to the hospital for treatment of what turned out to be the misuse of Xanax, a prescription anti-depressant. In addition to the commendable action of the school staff, the district turned the crisis into a chance to get a lesson across, flooding the school with anti-drug counselors.
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.
August 22, 2015 |
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.
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.