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.
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.
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.
July 9, 2015
ISSUE | HEALTH School centers reinvent wheel Outsourcing will not provide 90 percent of what school nurses provide, and school-based health centers will not fill the gap ("Schools can be health centers," July 5). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and various other experts, including the federal Head Start program's performance standards, every child should have a "medical home" in the community. We do not need another layer of care between the child and his medical-home health provider.
June 20, 2015 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to outsource more than 1,000 substitute-teaching jobs, awarding a $34 million contract to a Cherry Hill firm to recruit, hire, and manage the workers for two years. The unanimous vote came over the protests of the teachers' union, which currently represents subs. Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, vowed legal action, including a possible claim of unfair labor practices, and said the move was part of a plan to "privatize public education one position at a time.
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.
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.
March 1, 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.