Joe Robach will reintroduce legislation that will amend the education law, in relation to requiring school nurses in school buildings in certain school districts. Joe Robach believes this education bill is important to the health and wellness of students.

Senate bill S.4557 will add a new subdivision that will require each school district in the cities of Yonkers, Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester and the department of education of New York city to provide for at least one school nurse in each school building. The section also provides for additional staffing to be determined in regulation by the Commissioner of Education in consultation with at least one professional nursing association.

Joe Robach supports this education legislation because while many schools districts throughout New York State provide health care services to children in each school by staffing registered professional nurses, there are some districts that choose to have these nurses travel between school buildings or chose not to have a registered
professional nurse on staff at all. Large city school districts, especially, are often faced with these staffing dilemmas. Having professional staff available can prevent potentially unfortunate outcomes for students that are faced with a medical situation.

Children in our state’s largest school districts need the same services from qualified medical professionals as children in other districts. In fact, rates for asthma and other chronic medical conditions are higher among students in urban school districts. New York State law should recognize this important need. This bill will provide each school within the largest school districts in our state with access to a qualified medical service professional for both chronic and acute health issues for its students.

Joe Robach is aware that for a student to be most successful, they must be healthy. A school district with a professional nurse on staff at all times, is crucial to student’s education.

For more education information, contact the Office of Joe Robach.