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A Shortage Of School Nurses

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new recommendation that every school in the U.S. have at least one nurse on site. Currently, 57 percent of California’s public school districts do not employ nurses.

The group’s new guideline replaces its previous one, which recommended that school districts have one nurse for every 750 healthy students. But California fell short on that recommendation as well. According to numbers from KidsData, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, there was only one nurse for every 2,784 students in California 2014.

Siskiyou County had the lowest ratio with 999 students per nurse. Santa Cruz and Yuba Counties had it far worse with one nurse for every 13,432 and 13,892 students, respectively.

You can read more about this topic in Ana B. Ibarra’s May 25 article.