School nurses: helping to create healthy environments
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To the Editor,

On May 10 we recognize our school nurses by celebrating National School Nurse Day. School nurses dedicate themselves every day to ensuring that families throughout Vermont can send their children to school with the peace of mind that they will remain healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Children today face more chronic health challenges than ever before, such as asthma, diabetes and food allergies, as well as emotional and mental health needs. For many children, the school nurse is the only health professional they may see on a regular basis. I am thankful for the teachers, administrators and professional support staff that work with our school nurses each day, helping to create a healthy learning environment.

Our collective commitment to school-based health services are essential to our state’s children. Not only is it common sense, but evidence-based research shows that healthier students are better learners. I am grateful to know and work with the many outstanding school nurses in Windham County – they help to ensure that our children have a successful, productive and healthy future.

Lynn B. Redd, RN, BSN,

Vermont Department of Health School Liaison

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