WASHINGTON - District of Columbia school officials say less than half of the city's charter schools employed a school nurse this year.
The Washington Examiner ( http://tinyurl.com/bq79w3b) reports that only 34 of 103 charter school campuses in the district have a full-time nurse provided by the city. By contrast, all traditional public schools have nurses on staff.
Some charter schools have part-time nurses or private nurses that they pay for themselves. But 56 of the 103 campuses have no nurse at all.
Scott Pearson, executive director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, says the situation is "like a ticking time bomb."
The city has strict regulations about facilities for school nurses, and charter officials say many schools aren't eligible for nurses because of their facilities.
Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com
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