Some parents demanding full time nurses be available at Holy Rosary School
Parents of parochial school kids in the Bronx say their children deserve equal treatment, arguing that full time nurses should be provided for all Bronx schools. Currently, many parochial schools do not have nurses on duty every day. Britney Gonzalez, a Holy Rosary School third-grader who suffers from diabetes, takes care of herself at school. Not because her school lacks a nurse's office but because that office is empty three days a week.According to the school's principal, proper paperwork was submitted to the Department of Health twice, requesting a full time nurse because of medical need but there has been no response. And according to the Archdioceses, plenty of Catholic schools in the Bronx lack full time nurses. Although parents of parochial school kids do pay tuition, the Archdioceses says that money goes to the basic operating cost of the schools. It says there is not enough funding to supplement the nurse coverage provided by the Department of Health.