Labor in the News: Parents slam new D.C. schools health plan that could reduce nurse coverage
Dozens of people — including parents, principals, charter school directors, nurses and other school representatives — testified at a six-hour D.C. City Council hearing last week to attack D.C. Department of Health plans to change the way nurses are assigned to city schools...parents fear the changes could result in their children receiving inadequate medical attention at schools that would lose access to a full-time nurse. On Thursday, DC City Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) introduced emergency legislation to delay the implementation of the new school nursing assignments. Read more in The Washington Post and click here for remarks by DC Department of Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, who argued that parents should not expect nurses in DC schools any more than they should expect nurses to be available to kids who go to movies, an argument DCNA called "faulty at best and threatening children's health at worst."
Note: this post has been updated to properly identify Nesbitt and characterize her remarks.
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