The county commissioners are in the process of developing their budget for the year 2020-2021. Included in this budget is significant funding for Moore County Schools.

Per County Manager Wayne Vest, money allotted to the schools can be used any way district officials see fit, except for those monies allocated for capital spending and digital learning. Last year’s district budget did not include a full time nurse in every county school. In that budget, one nurse was shared by two schools in several cases.

If schools do reopen in the fall, I do hope the district will have a full-time nurse in every school. If that is not in the district’s current plan or a revised plan, I hope either the county  commissioners or the county health director will require that the district have a full-time nurse in every district school.

John Misiaszek, Vass

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Lynn Hancock

Seriously? Schools are legally responsible for the children in their care during school hours. Under federal laws, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and FAPE, which entitles every child to a Free & Appropriate Public Education, there are children in public schools with insulin dependent diabetes, feeding tubes & catheters, as well as children who take medication at school for all kinds of medical conditions, including epilepsy and serious heart conditions. If a child collapses on the playground due to heart failure (I was there when it happened) or a child gets hit in the face with an accidentally tossed baseball bat in a gym class (I was there when that happened too), or when a teacher accidentally drop a a knife in the staff room and it ends up implanted in her leg (yep, there for that too), or a student falls downs the stairs and breaks a leg (yes...), or a child has a grand mal seizure in her classroom (that too...), having a full time nurse in the school is critical and very likely life saving. Children, their parents, and school staff members need more than someone with “basic first aid training” to care for their medical conditions & to keep them safe at school. I know...I was an elementary school principal of a school with 650 students. Nurses are essential staff at every public school.

Kent Misegades

Even more county bureaucrats in our schools who do not teach? That’s why the cost of government schools has exploded in recent decades, while the academic results continue to decline. Why not just have the teachers complete a course in basic first aid? If the child needs more attention, that’s the responsibility of parents, isn’t it?

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