PLAINFIELD – The Plainfield District 202 board approved a student services staff restructuring plan for next school year that includes changes to the nursing coordinator position.
During public comment at Monday’s meeting, several district nurses expressed concern over the nursing coordinator position being eliminated and the impact it might have to student health and safety.
“We are concerned that there is a lack of understanding and support regarding the scope of the responsibilities and practice that the nursing coordinator position entails and the impact that nursing leadership provides to enhance student health and safety amongst all the district schools,” said Anne Savickas, a nurse at Eichelberger Elementary School.
But after closed session Monday, board unanimously approved a plan that will expand on nursing supervision in the district, said Mina Griffith, the district’s assistant superintendent for student services.
She said the restructuring proposal recommends an administrator with an administrative certificate and nursing background, a lead nurse and a secretary, the latter of whom will have additional hours for paperwork and reporting regarding nursing.
“I’m not sure what information was shared with you. There was never an intent to eliminate nursing supervision or support, but rather to structure it in a way where you would get guidance and leadership from someone with an administration certificate as well as someone with nursing and medical background as well,” Griffith said.