National School Nurse Day was established in 1972, to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.
The theme this year – School Nurses: Supporting Students in Times of Crisis – reinforces the changing times of 2020. This year, more than ever, all school nurses have been required to take on unprecedented roles and adapt quickly to changes in their jobs. It is reflective of the significant roles school nurses have in the health care of their school communities to help make a healthier place for children and families to learn and grow.
Every year, public school nurses vision screen children from Kindergarten to high school. We thank every school nurse for their dedication to a child's well-being by completing this important task
- which helps early identification of children with potential vision disorders - and supporting each child's vision treatment at school, so the child is healthy and ready to learn, enjoy play, and thrive.