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School Nurse Advocacy Toolkit

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school nurse Under current law, a school district is not required to notify parents when a school campus does not have a nurse on duty full-time. As a matter of health and consumer protection, Texas law should require notice to parents when a school nurse is not available at their child’s school full-time, in a manner similar to the parental notice required when a child’s class is taught by an uncertified teacher.

Download the Nurse Advocacy Toolkit and Send an Online Letter to your state representative and senator.

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Toolkit includes:

• Petition in support of legislation requiring notice to parents
• Letter to legislators urging passage of legislation requiring notice to parents
• One-page issue fact sheet
• Letter to potential allies soliciting support
• Letter from parent requesting notification

Issues Surrounding the Lack of Full-Time School Nurses

• Student health is essential to student learning and school nurses are key to ensuring student health.

• Thousands of schoolchildren attend schools without a full-time school nurse. At least one-third of Texas public schools don’t have a school nurse assigned full-time to the campus.

• Parents depend on schools to protect their child’s health and safety and most assume that a school nurse is always available to assist their child.

• Parents are sometimes told that their child’s school has a school nurse when that nurse is actually assigned to several campuses, or the person identified is not actually a nurse, but rather someone with significantly less health-care qualification and expertise.

• Under current law, a school district is not required to notify parents when a school campus does not have a nurse on duty full-time.

• As a matter of health and consumer protection, Texas law should require notice to parents when a school nurse is not available at their child’s school full-time, in a manner similar to the parental notice required when a child’s class is taught by an uncertified teacher.

• This is a common-sense measure that will enable parents to be more confident and capable of ensuring their children’s health. If a professional nurse is not available full-time on their child's campus, as parents assume, then those parents ought to be notified.