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School nurses

To the Editor:

It’s contract time in District 300. Teachers are seeking pay increases, smaller class sizes, etc. The nurses are part of this district too, and haven’t seen a pay increase or additional benefits in four years.

Depending on the school they work at, a single nurse can be responsible for 400 to 800 students. Children with special needs, children with cardiac issues, epilepsy, seizures, diabetes, asthma, feeding tubes, dispersing of daily drugs, documenting all students that come in every day, parents and staff who consult with the nurse for medical advice.

No designated break or lunch time for them (eat when they can and if they can).

There are only eight active sub nurses for the whole district. Some have to go to work sick if no sub is available.

Does the school board consider them in these contracts, too? Or do they consider these nurses too unimportant to the safety and well-being of your children?

Patricia Rudiger

Algonquin

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