Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing of the Committee of the Whole on the provision of school nursing services, generally, and Bill 25-278, “School Student Vaccination Amendment Act of 2023.” The hearing will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
The purpose of this oversight hearing is to discuss the roles and duties of school nurses in public schools. Due to the severe national nursing shortage, 40% of health suites in DC public schools do not have full-time in person coverage. As a result, the District is shifting to zone coverage, also referred to as “team-based care.” Schools are grouped into clusters of four and nurses would supervise these clusters of schools. This hearing will also consider Bill 25-278. The stated purpose of Bill 25-278 is to remove the requirement that students in the District of Columbia are vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend school.
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