Friday, September 1, 2017

Oldham County aims to have a nurse in every public school

Most public schools in Kentucky don't have a full-time nurse to serve students, and school districts have struggled recently with the issue.

In Oldham County, though, the school board voted Aug. 28 to add seven more nurses, which would put one at 17 of the county's 19 public schools, Travis Ragsdale reports for Louisville's WDRB. Supt. Carolyn Wosoba "said the plan is to hire the other two during the 2018-19 school year."

"Oldham County nurses are split amongst different school campuses but cover multiple schools," Ragsdale notes. "According to the Kentucky School Nurses Association, only 44 percent of public schools in the commonwealth retain a full-time nurse for students."

Ragsdale reports, "Oldham County has 1,679 students with chronic health conditions including but not limited to asthma, seizures, and tracheostomy."

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