The following is a letter from Principal Bryant on the nursing situation at Stoddert…
August 31, 2017
Dear Stoddert Families,
Thanks for your assistance in making the opening of SY17/18 safe and successful. I really appreciate all you did to prepare your children for the start of the school year!
I’m writing this memo to update you on our school nurse situation. As you may recall, our Stoddert community launched a fairly aggressive campaign in the fall and winter of 2016 to ensure that Stoddert received a full-time (40 hour per week) nurse allocation from the Department of Health. And, thanks to that campaign, we were indeed allocated a 40 hour per week nurse, beginning in January of 2017.
However, the reality is that – despite that allocation – our school nurse staffing level has not yet returned to a full-time position. Instead, a registered nurse has been at Stoddert 2-3 days per week.
On the days when a nurse is not on our campus, the Department of Health has made on-call nurses available to us, and medicine administration is handled by other Stoddert staff members who are trained and certified for that duty.
I, along with your PTO leadership, continue to express to the Department of Health the need for a full-time nurse. The response from DOH is that the current situation is caused by a nurse staffing shortage, and they are working diligently to address that shortage.
Thank you for your understanding, and for any continued advocacy which you may be able to provide.