New York Post DOE still has no plan to fill nursing shortage ahead of school reopenings by Sara Dorn
In March, as the virus began to spread, Carranza announced plans to hire an additional 85 nurses — a solution that barely scratched the surface of the staffing shortage, community leaders said.
“Mayor de Blasio made a promise to have a nurse in each school, but he brought in 85 nurses to assist in filling more than 400 vacancies. It made no progress toward the level of health care that our schools need,” wrote Kim Watkins, Harlem parent and president of Community Education Council District 3, in a recent op-ed in the Gotham Gazette.
Councilman Ben Kallos, who represents the district PS 290 is in and sits on the education committee, said he plans to write to de Blasio and Carranza calling for full-time nurses.
“I am as terrified as these parents are that the mayor would even think to send kids back without a nurse to diagnose kids who might have the multi-inflammatory disease,” said Kallos. “What they are going to do is ask people with no medical background to diagnose kids.”