Nurse-Staffing Notice to Parents Passes Senate

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SB 418 by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), which passed the Senate unanimously this week, would require districts to notify parents when full-time nurse staffing is not provided at their child’s school. It’s a common-sense health and safety measure that most senators recognize is long overdue. Parents, especially parents of children with significant medical issues, need to know if they can count on the presence of a nurse or nurses at school; if there’s not full-time coverage, notification gives them a chance to make alternative arrangements for needed medical care for their child. The bill now goes to the House for further consideration. (Footnote:  SB 418 was amended on the Senate floor by Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) to exempt school districts in counties with a population under 100,000.)