City Council bill calls for putting nurses in all Bronx and city schools
Some City Council members are looking to put nurses in all Bronx and city schools. The members have drafted a bill that would place nurses in all public and private primary and intermediate schools that have at least 200 students. Schools with 400 hundred or more students would have more than one nurse on staff.
The bill was introduced because some council members are concerned that students will not get the medical attention needed under Mayor Bloomberg's plan to cut nurses. Bloomberg says due to budget constraints, the Department of Health will provide nurses only when medically necessary. The budget cuts would not affect any current nurses on staff.
Parents say they are worried because all kinds of accidents can happen at school. Some feel that if there was a nurse in the school at least they could take action to help the children.
The council members say the total cost to have a nurse in all schools would be $15 million. But they say money shouldn't be an issue because the health and safety of city schoolchildren is priceless.