Keep Kaleida Nurses in Buffalo Schools
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Kaleida Health currently provides health services to Buffalo Public Schools from 54 Pediatric Registered Nurses and 17 Licensed Practical Nurses. In addition, Kaleida provides medical assistants at the Central Registration Office and Nurse Practitioners to conduct mandated physicals. The contract providing these services and employing Kaleida nurses in each of our Buffalo Public Schools is set to expire on June 30, 2018.
The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization has heard from many concerned parents and teachers across our District schools that the contract with Kaleida might not be renewed. It is our understanding that the District will be recommending a new contract for nurses at the next Board of Education meeting on May 16, 2018. At the BPTO Monthly Meeting on Saturday, April 21, 2018, it was moved that the BPTO take action to ensure that our children continue to receive quality health services from our school nurses. The District Wellness Policy indicates that the District shall:
1. Ensure that qualified health professionals are provided to each school to deliver school health services including first aid emergency care and assessment and planning for the management of chronic conditions.
2. Provide support for wellness and prevention initiatives via the school’s Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community Team.
3. Connect school staff, students, families, community and healthcare providers to promote the healthcare of students, including medical, dental, vision, and mental health.
4. Provide assessments and early intervention to alleviate barriers to learning and attendance.
5. Provide access to prescribed medications, special diets, treatments, and emergency care as needed during school hours for students with serious conditions- such as severe asthma, diabetes, severe allergies, seizure disorders, other medical problems and emotional disorders.
6. Ensure that the neediest students (e.g., pregnant and parenting students, refugee students, homeless students, students with special needs (IEP and 504s), students impacted by trauma, etc.) receive supports they need to maintain an uninterrupted education in accordance with local, state, and/or federal laws and regulations.
7. Support the American Academy of Pediatrics’ ratio recommendations for school nurses; 1 school nurse to 750 students in the healthy population and 1 nurse for every 225 students from student populations who need daily professional nursing.
BPTO believes that our Kaleida nurses, who have been serving our schools and students since 2005, are fundamental to providing the above services and supports, particularly in an urban district where 90% of students exhibit extraordinary needs. Our nurses are interwoven into the fabric of our school communities, just like our teachers, assistants, aides, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and other important positions. We believe it is necessary for the Buffalo Board of Education and District to invest in keeping our Kaleida pediatric-trained nurses, in order to ensure continuity of care and high quality service to our schools and students.
Adopted and Submitted by:
BPTO Executive Board
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