School nurse shortages worsen, relief funds fail to help staffing


Stateline reports on school nursing staffing issues in the United States, highlighting concerns that new federal funds will likely be spent on other services – and “not on new troops.” Separately, San Francisco may be the first place to impose paid sick leave for housekeepers and nannies.

Stateline: School nurse deficit worsens as states seek relief

The past year has been a nightmare for almost everyone in the health field. But for school nurses, 2021 has been worse. Since the school doors opened this fall, school nurses have been working tirelessly on COVID-19 contact tracing and quarantines. In most places, they have had to give up many of their usual chores and add brutal weekend and evening hours to their schedules. Janis Hogan, a 22-year veteran of nursing at the school, is among them. Her job at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Maine was reduced to COVID-19 contact tracing all day, she told Stateline. (Vestal, 10/26)

San Francisco Chronicle: SF could be the first to impose paid sick leave on housekeepers and nannies

Mirna Arana was pregnant and was not feeling well. But if she didn’t clean the houses, she wouldn’t be paid. So she went to work. She continued to clean even as cramps gnawed at her body. Then she started to bleed and eventually had a miscarriage. Housekeepers, nannies and others working in private homes rarely receive paid sick leave, sometimes forcing them to choose between their health and their salary. Now San Francisco is set to become the first city in the country to create a way for domestic workers to have paid sick leave, via an ordinance introduced Tuesday by supervisor Hillary Ronen and co-sponsor Myrna Melgar. (Said, 10/25)

Dallas Morning News: Texas judge denies order to prevent Delta-8 THC products from being considered “illegal”

A judge denied a temporary restraining order against the Texas State Department’s health services, caused by confusion in the cannabinoid industry. Court documents show judge dismissed order from Hometown Hero, an Austin-based company that sells delta-8 and CBD products, because “the plaintiff failed to meet the requirements of a temporary restraining order “. The health service responded to the emergency order by declaring that there was no emergency. Hometown Hero filed a lawsuit Thursday after the state’s health department posted a notice on its website on October 15 that delta-8 products are illegal. Delta-8 is a less potent alternative to the delta-9 product known as “marijuana”. (Addison, 10/25)

Las Vegas Journal-Journal: Nevada Offers $ 5,000 Grants to Help Children With Disabilities Recover From Pandemic

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak on Monday announced a one-of-a-kind grant program that will help families with disabled children recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Transforming Opportunities for Toddlers and Students (TOTS) program will use $ 5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to help these families meet daily expenses. Recipients will receive $ 5,000 and grant applications are available now. “Never before have we invested so much money directly into our disabled children,” Sisolak said at a press conference in Henderson on Monday morning. (Apgar, 10/25)

The Boston Globe: House leaders from Mass. offer up to $ 2,000 for low-income workers who presented in person during the pandemic emergency

Leading Massachusetts lawmakers on Monday proposed an ambitious plan to spend $ 3.65 billion in federal stimulus and state surplus funds, including setting aside half a billion dollars for worker bonuses essentials, funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to ailing hospitals, and committing $ 600 million to help boost more homes. The proposal unveiled by House leaders so far uses about $ 2.5 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act and an additional $ 1.15 billion from a state surplus. to support a range of programs affected and priorities amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Stout, 10/25)

San Antonio Express-News: Texas family sues Torchy’s tacos after boy is hospitalized with salmonella

A family is suing Torchy’s Tacos after a child fell ill weeks after eating at the Sonterra Place chain location in San Antonio, court documents show. The boy was rushed to a local pediatric intensive care unit for treatment for sepsis, organ failure and pneumonia linked to an outbreak of salmonella in onions that has affected 37 states, court documents show. Texas alone has reported nearly 160 cases of salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked the outbreak to fresh whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico. The onions were sold to American restaurants and grocery stores until August 31. (Fanning, 10/25)

The Boston Globe: Thousands more students en masse should have access to free school meals under new law

A new Massachusetts law is expected to give thousands more students access to free school meals and will prohibit school employees from punishing students who have meal debts by publicly identifying them, making them known. refusing a meal or serving them another meal. The law, ceremoniously signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday, requires schools and districts to provide all students with free breakfast and lunch if the majority of its students meet low-income criteria, the office said. governor in a statement. (Kovatch, 10/25)

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