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Monday, November 29, 2021

School nurses feel like enemies

The coronavirus hasn’t gone anywhere. There are no school personnel problems either. And parental protests against the restrictions of the pandemic only intensified.

School nurses, already overworked, are increasingly criticized by parents for adhering to public health rules they have not set and cannot change.

“They just hate you,” said Anne Lebuef, a Louisiana school nurse who said she cries several times a week. “They are yelling at you. They accuse you of fanning fear. “

Prior to the pandemic, most school nurses in the US already served more than one school, according to a 2018 study. And a quarter of schools do not have paid medical staff.

During the pandemic, nurses continued to try to keep students safe. They acted as contact indicators and quarantine monitors, continuing to handle the scratches, allergies, and broken bones of a typical semester.

This year, the nurses told my colleague Emily Antes that the situation is even worse. They say they are battling burnout, juggling new Covid cases, quarantines and angry parents.

For the first time, some people hate their jobs. Others are dropping out of school, exacerbating the pre-pandemic shortage of school nurses.

Sherri McIntyre, a western Oregon nurse, faced harsh criticism from her parents last month after she quarantined two dozen footballers.

“They call us and tell us that we are ruining their children’s sports careers,” she told Emily. “They see us as enemies.”

Pediatric vaccinations can ease the burden on some school nurses, especially if it reduces the number of children they have to send home. (The CDC says fully vaccinated students do not need to be quarantined.)

But skepticism about the vaccine remains high, and vaccinations among children aged 12 to 15 who are eligible since May have been low. The CDC says only 48 percent are fully vaccinated, and the vast majority of children age 11 and younger have yet to receive a single dose.

“I loved being a school nurse before Covid,” McIntyre said. She resigned last month.

In other HR news: As full-time class teachers leave or retire, substitute teachers fill in the gaps. Some areas were forced to cancel classes; others have lowered their hiring standards, just to keep the adult in the classroom. In one particularly acute shortage Denver is closing schools this Friday to give adults time for “health and self-care.”

In other viral news:

  • Vaccines: California examines doctors who make questionable medical exceptions to student vaccination requirements.

  • Masks: A state judge ruled that PennsylvaniaThe school mask expires on December 4, setting the stage for new lawsuits. Florida Lawmakers are considering bills that would allow parents to sue schools that require masks. And the judge temporarily suspended the new Tennessee a law that aims to prevent schools from applying mask requirements.

  • Mental health: According to a recent survey, about half of middle and high school students in Los Angeles said they were worried about their own mental health and the health of their families and friends.

  • College: International student enrollment at US universities has begun to recover from a drop last year. Stanford announced that it would leave tests optional for another year, citing pandemic stress. And University of California at Berkeley suffered a soccer game after the outbreak despite high vaccination rates on the team.

This week’s The Daily podcast takes a deep dive into the school board race.

On Tuesday, the team spoke with my colleague Campbell Robertson, who has been tracking an escalating dispute in Central Bucks, Pennsylvania, an important county for national politics. In today’s episode, Campbell takes a closer look at what is happening in classrooms.

“What I hear being discussed in student council meetings is not the way to help us solve our school problems,” said Betsy Coyne, a teacher who has worked at Central Bucks for almost 20 years.

These battles reflect those that take place in Loudoun County, Virginia., another suburban area struggling with demographic change.

Parents, flushed by the district’s efforts to combat racism and promote diversity, gathered in mass gatherings to shout and protest. Student councilors have taken the side of the pandemic’s limitations as masks in meetings have become a symbol of addiction.

The controversy over the rights of transgender people has also escalated. The school system this week settled on a teacher who refused to refer to transgender students with his pronouns. And sexual assault in the bathroom has become food for a false story about transgender students.

As we reported earlier, these local battles have national implications. As Republicans and Democrats analyze education issues that could be used in next year’s midterm elections, places like Loudoun and Central Bucks could well be their case studies.

Also interesting: The Los Angeles Times investigated Californiaa requirement for ethnic research, which should come into force by 2030. A look at the two electives on ethnic studies “reveals the intent of teachers to create a non-judgmental environment in which students learn about their cultural roots as much as about others. … “

In the critical news of race theory:

  • Black high school director in Texas left his district after being accused of “extreme views of race.”

  • MissouriThe Attorney General, a Republican running for the Senate, is suing Springfield, the state’s largest county, over requests for reports related to anti-racist education.

  • From Opinion: “I don’t want my daughter in the yellow group to be force-fed at school by teachers, no matter how well-intentioned they are, ”Jay Caspian Kang writes to The Times. “But I also don’t want to encourage anti-CRT hysteria.”

In the book censorship news:

  • Governor Greg Abbott of Texas announced a criminal investigation into what he called “pornography” in school libraries.

  • District in Kansas 29 books were removed from shelves after parents reacted to stories of race, police brutality and sex.

  • V Spotsylvania, Virginia., the school board canceled a plan to remove “sexually explicit” books from libraries. Earlier this month, two board members advocated the burning of such books.

  • Opinion: “In the absence of a society’s commitment to freedom of expression, the question of who can speak becomes solely a matter of power,” Michelle Goldberg argues in The Times. “In most of this country, power belongs to the right.”


  • Plaintiffs in two cases challenging affirmative action in Harvard and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ask the Supreme Court to consider their cases together.

  • Stephen Pinker, a psychologist at Harvard, and Robert Zimmer, rector of the University of Chicago, leave the advisory board Austin University, a new project by conservative thinkers who say they are “dismayed by illiberalism and censorship” in America’s most prestigious institutions.

  • After pressure from students and faculty to remove eugenics references from their campus, California Institute of Technology renames buildings.

  • Good reading: Some students in CaliforniaPublic universities have been forced to sleep in their cars due to severe housing crises on campuses. (Remember University of California Santa Barbaraplan to build a windowless dormitory designed by a 97-year-old billionaire?)

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  • Religious groups have resisted President Biden’s ambitious plans for preschool and childcare, arguing that a non-discrimination clause could deny them the right to receive funds.

  • In a recent bill, nearly one million low-income students in commercial colleges will miss out on an increase in federal aid.

And the rest …

Since 1952, The Times has awarded annual illustrated children’s books prizes. Since 2017, we have partnered with the New York Public Library to receive this award.

Here are 10 of this year’s winners, with illustrations from each. There are books about the subway, the Tulsa race car massacre, and even about a robot in a fairy tale. They are beautiful and we hope you enjoy them.

But as the holidays approach, here are a few more suggestions.

Younger readers may love these stories about snow, mummies, or even philosophy. Middle school children can escape on horseback or on a bicycle.

Artists can admire paintings and museums, or learn about famous creators and musicians. And the young traveler can enjoy Hayao Miyazaki’s favorite children’s book, a Japanese classic translated into English, or an illustrated memoir of growing up behind the Iron Curtain.

Or just watch this delightful illustrated story in The Times about Beatrix Potter, the beloved author of Peter Rabbit. See you next week!

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