Tell Tennessee Legislators: Fund School Nurses!
Legislation to ensure more Tennessee students have access to school nurses has momentum!
Even before COVID-19, school nurses were critical, unsung heroes, with often only one nurse for thousands of students. School nurses improve learning outcomes by addressing student health needs and reducing absenteeism. In fact they’re often the first responders to many youth issues revealed in school, including mental health challenges, food insecurity and even child abuse — all of which have increased during the pandemic. Our students (and teachers!) are depending on school nurses now more than ever.
Your voice of support now for adding more school nurses can make a difference!
Send your legislators and Governor Lee a message: Fund more school nurses >>
I’m writing to urge you to support HB537/SB581 and to prioritize additional funding for school nurses. Not only are school nurses providing critical services to address the physical health issues of students, but they also play a vital role with recognizing mental health issues and providing the appropriate guidance and referrals. Also, as more and more school districts return to in-person learning, school nurses will be imperative at recognizing the needs of students facing challenges with depression, neglect, and abuse.
By supporting this legislation, you are also supporting our schools and our students. Please VOTE YES!
Thank you for your consideration and for your service to the state of Tennessee.