Districts Seek Alternatives to Full-Time School Nurses

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[Source: Cabinet Report]

When a second grade teacher in Oregon noticed one of her students was far more distractible than the average 7-year-old and often appeared to be daydreaming, she was sure the boy had attention deficit disorder.

The school nurse, Nina Fekaris, dug further into the child’s symptoms and asked his parents to follow up with a neurologist, who found that the boy actually had a brain disorder that caused him to have seizures for up to 30 seconds every several minutes.

But that sort of medical success is less likely to happen as many districts throughout the nation slash school nurse positions when budgets are tight.

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