Education

Next fix for legislators to address – the nurse-to-student ratio in NC’s public schools

Legislators headed home Tuesday, wrapping-up the special session with a controversial fix to the unfunded class-size mandate. And with that issue off the front burner for now, lawmakers might want to revisit a recent legislative study that found the state would need to spend up to $79 million a year to meet the recommended school nurse-to-student ratio.

Currently only 46 of the state’s 115 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) meet the ratio of one school nurse for every 750 students.

More often than not, the average school nurse in North Carolina covers two to three schools, with the ratio of one nurse for every 1,086 students.

Add to that the challenge of keeping up with a growing number of students with asthma, diabetes, food allergies and other chronic health conditions.

If you missed it over the weekend, take time to listen to Rob Schofield’s interview with Liz Newlin of the School Nurse Association of North Carolina as they discusses the growing demands on these professionals and how the lack of resources impacts classroom instruction:

Read the Final Report: Meeting Current Standards for School Nurses Statewide May Cost Up to $79 Million Annually

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