Lora Nora, Elgin High School nurse wrote:
I am now following your BLOG. It already is very powerful. Personally, now that I have been pinked, I am going to put my Family Nurse Practitioner certification/training to good use, continue to help the students /community we served, but in a different nursing capacity the as a certified School Nurse for the past 11 years. My heart is broken for all of us-students, staff, communities, and our principals, who have to shoulder this burden.Mine too, Lora. So its not just teachers. It is much bigger than that. We are cutting out nursing staff? Isn't H1N1 a considerable health care issue in public schools right now? Less nurses....hmmmm.... There are numerous students who fell ill last year. I commend Ms. Nora's work in our school. She constantly reminds us about sanitation, and teaches us how to minimize the spread of communicable viruses. Our nursing staff at Elgin High does a great job, and as you can see by Lora's email to me, they have a passion of all of us.
Jacqueline Irizarry wrote:
I also love working at EHS also. I have been riffed 4 times now, luckily returning. This time I'm not as hopeful. You can share this. My feelings are of dejection and sadness to leave my kids.FOUR TIMES!!! My lord! Going through this once I cannot imagine the repeated stress that this does to the newer staff in ours and other districts. What a mess. There simply has to be a better way.
I was laid off too. Sorry. I don't want to tell anyone my story.I felt I had to post this as well. There is a lot of anger and mistrust right now. Not exactly what you want in an institution for learning.
There are many ways of dealing with this situation. Mine was to start this blog. I felt that it does no good to go silently by waiting for the next opportunity. If you read this blog, please share it with others. Only through our personal stories that put a real face to this crisis can we reach others beyond the walls of the school.
I continue to hope to hear from others outside of Illinois. I know this crisis extends beyond my state's borders.