Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman highlighted National School Nurse Day on May 6.
National Nurses Week runs May 6 through May 12, to commemorate the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
This day of appreciation honors the hard work school nurses do every day, especially during this current period of school closures.
School nurses are conducting outreach to families, participating in adjustments to student’s individual education plans (IEPs) and working with school meal staff to ensure that meal distribution is done in a healthy and safe manner.
“School nurses are a vital part of our school communities. Their dedication to the health, safety and social-emotional well-being of every student is something I am thankful for every day,” said Supt. Hoffman. “Arizona’s school nurses have stepped up in incredible ways to continue serving their schools during this difficult time.”
The School Nurse Organization of Arizona is a leading voice on the Superintendent’s newly announced task force to discuss reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.