Bill would require nurses for Virginia schools

Delegate L. Mark Dudenhefer, (R-Stafford) has sponsored a bill calling for every school district to employ at least one full-time equivalent school nurse in each elementary, middle and high school, and at least one full-time equivalent school nurse position per 1,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) is the co-patron of HB1757. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Fairfax County has 65 nurses and 200 aides serving about 185,00 students at 19 schools.

The Times-Dispatch reports that the Virginia Association of Superintendents argues that the requirement would be difficult to put in place.

 They say many areas, particularly in Southwest and Southside Virginia, are dealing with nursing shortages. How, the association asks, is the district supposed to find nurses when hospitals are having a difficult time finding staff.”

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