School Nurses

Securing a Vaccination Plan to Benefit Our Schools

Unions representing teachers and support personnel, superintendents and parents today are thanking state officials for adopting their proposed parallel vaccination plan presented last week for Connecticut’s school communities. The Board of Education (BOE) Union Coalition's recommendations were included in directives announced this afternoon by Governor Ned Lamont. 
 
Click here for the coalition's letter to the governor.
 

Calling for Uniform School Quarantine Policies

Board of Education (BOE) Union Coalition leaders are urging Governor Ned Lamont create a clear, uniform policy regarding how school districts should handle quarantines and leaves in our public schools. Labor leaders in a January 8 letter said that too many districts are not following procedures established by health experts for responding to COVID-19 exposures. Those local school officials are jeopardizing the health and safety of their communities and the success of their students.
 
Click here for the coalition’s letter to the governor.
 

Presenting Petitions Urging the "Safe and Successful Schools Now" Recommendations

As COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases continue to rise in Connecticut, leaders of the Board of Education (BOE) Union Coalition today presented a petition signed by nearly 14,000 education and community members. Signers urged the state to take immediate steps to protect the health of students, staff and communities.
 
Click here to sign and share the petition.
 

Education Community: Shift to All Remote Learning Unless Stronger Protections Are in Place

With the surging COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) infection rate — the highest since May — consistent statewide safety protocols must be established and strictly enforced, along with uniform transparency in reporting and responding to cases, for schools. If that's not possible, Connecticut must shift to full-time remote learning until after the holidays. Those are some of the required statewide steps outlined in the Board of Education (BOE) Union Coalition's "Safe and Successful Schools Now," report released today.
 

Students, School Staff and Families at Risk Due to Lack of State Policy Following COVID-19 Outbreaks

Just days after the majority of Connecticut students physically returned to the classroom, more than a dozen school districts across the state reported positive COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases. From Newington to Naugatuck, Waterbury to Glastonbury, and East Hartford to West Haven, varying degrees of action have been taken at each impacted building. Some have shut down completely, others isolated cohorts of students and put classes in quarantine, some moved to all distance learning, and others did little or nothing.
 

Teachers, Nurses and Public Employees Back Fanelli and Walker for West Haven

West Haven — Members of the nearly 30,000-strong AFT Connecticut are supporting fellow union members Chrystal Fanelli and Susan Walker in West Haven's September 10 Democratic Primary Election. The labor federation's executive committee last month voted to add both active and retired educators to its slate of 2019 municipal endorsements. Members of local affiliated unions have since participated community canvassing and phone banking to help "get out the vote" for Fanelli, Walker and other endorsed candidates.
 

CREC School Nurses Vote to Strengthen Voice, "Speak Out for Those Who Depend on Us"

Hartford - Registered and licensed practical nurses who provide vital student healthcare at schools operated by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) have overwhelmingly chosen to unite for a voice on the job. A Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR) agent yesterday counted the ballots cast by the bargaining unit of 30 caregivers employed by the Hartford area's regional educational service center (RESC).
 

School Nurses: The Intersection of Health and Education

A panel discussion last month reinforced what our member school nurses have long known; qualified health professionals in every school make a difference in improving students' health and achievement. The session on the impact of school-based care was sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute, AFT, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).
 
Click here to watch the full event.
 

Nurses Converge on Capitol Hill for Patient and Caregiver Safety

As National Nurses Week came to a close, nurses and health professionals convened in Washington, D.C., to talk directly to their representatives in Congress. AFT on May 12 organized the effort to bring union leaders and members from across the country to the nation's capitol and advocate for improved safety in the healthcare industry.
 
Click here to watch the nurses share their experience.
 
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