No wonder our school taxes are so high

I already knew our local boards of education were in the real estate business, but I didn’t know they were in healthcare field also. I was surprised to find out that schools provide expensive medical clinics that hire RN’s with a staff of helpers to test blood sugar levels of diabetic students, give insulin shots, treat asthma attacks, sore throats and other medical problems.

I can see having a minor first aid station, but a professional medical staff is too much. My last child graduated in 1990. This extravagant medical spending didn’t exist then. If my child was sick, the school called me and I took her to the doctor using my own money not other people’s money. All this liberal spending started in the last 15 years; now the Governor is having to cut money to local schools. If we take the schools out of the healthcare business and put them back into education, maybe we wouldn’t be furloughing teachers. Let’s lay-off the med-techs instead.

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Submitted by Dondol on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 11:34am.

By your comment that your last child graduated in 1990, that means that you have not been involved with any school for 18+ years. But yet you make comments based solely on what you have read in the newspaper. I have a son that is an insulin dependent diabetic that has to check his blood sugar 5-6 times a day and has to have insulin at lunch. This being said would you want you child being monitored by an RN or Sally the office worker that doesn't have a clue about what to do if your child has a low blood sugar. I guess if that happens we could call the EMS to come over and handle it at over $500.00 per visit. JC Booth has 8-10 of these incidents a week and at $500.00 per we are looking at a cost of around $5,000.00 per week. Looks like the school nurse program is the way to go for me. And another thing, I have never seen more than one Nurse at any school that I have been involved in. Please check your facts before you engage your fingers.

Now just why in the Hell do I have to press 1 for English?

Submitted by Missy-Sippy on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 11:05pm.

I sympathize with your child’s medical problem because my daughter is also a diabetic. My facts came from the GA Dept of Education. My point was that there’s only so much money to go around, and given the shortage of funds in this financial crisis, the Governor is having to eliminate states funds for school med-clinics so I guess you might have to make pre-1990 arrangements like I did. I don’t understand why things have changes so much in the last 18 years. As I recall children got sick back then and some were diabetics. If I had a child who required hourly blood sugar tests, I would home school them and pay myself to have someone there to do the tests until the child was old enough to do their own testing like my daughter did. I wouldn’t expect other people to pay for my medical responsibilities. Having said that, I will agree to help pay for your school med-clinics, if you will agree to pay my medical bills.

Submitted by PTCMomma on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 9:22am.

The school nurse in Fayette County doesn't have a staff of helpers. Sometimes they have parent volunteers to help. The load in the middle and high schools sometimes necessitate that. Why do we need them? More kids have diabetes today. For liability reasons, classroom teachers are no longer allowed to check blood levels or give insulin as needed. Same with meds. Classroom teachers can not give those out. Nor can students carry them, even in high school, and dispense them. Do you seriously not want an asthmatic to be able to get their treatment if they need it? You know nothing about asthma if you do. There are students with physical disabilities that need to have their catheter changed. Do you want someone untrained doing that? The front office staff can help in an emergency, if the nurse is doing something else but they do not have time on top of their other duties to man the clinic. The nurse has the expertise.

Mom to 3 (and all of their friends, who love to hang out at my house-- LOVE THAT, almost always know where they are!!!)

Submitted by PreciousStahr on Wed, 02/11/2009 - 2:00pm.

Because they are overweight in most cases. My child never had diabetes until she gained too much weight. My nephew has asthma, but he does not have a med-clinic at school. They find other ways to treat it. Insulin tests & shots, diabetes, changing catheters, ems, serious asthma attacks; sounds like a hospital instead of a school of learning. Maybe you are feeding your children too many french fries, big Mac’s, pizzas, tacos & milkshakes. Today’s school lunches look like all you can eat smorgasbords.

Submitted by PreciousStahr on Mon, 02/02/2009 - 3:36pm.

"If we take the schools out of healthcare business and put them back into education, maybe we wouldn't be furloughing teachers. Let's lay-off the Med-Techs instead".

While we're at it let's bring paddling butts back into the schools. Not for the students, but for the over spending BOE Politicians.

Submitted by MrsClarke on Wed, 03/25/2009 - 3:07pm.

Maybe they should check out some info on childhood diabetes

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Wed, 03/25/2009 - 3:15pm.

And maybe you should go peddle your Scientology Link Spam someplace else.

edited: *poof* goes the spam links! Smiling

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