The staffing of nurses in Burbank Unified is expected to be discussed during a special school board meeting on Friday and the district’s head nurse plans to tell board members that additional nursing staff is needed.
There are currently six certificated nurses who divide their time among the district’s nearly 20 campuses and 15,200 students.
That equates to one nurse for about 2,500 students, more than three times the ratio recommended by the National Assn. of School Nurses, which suggests one school nurse for every 750 students.
Lenora Aguilera, Burbank Unified’s head nurse, said the demand for additional certificated nurses comes at a time when more Burbank students have chronic health conditions and the number of students that nurses serve every day keeps climbing.
The number of local students seeking assistance from a school nurse ranges from 40 to more than 100 daily, Aguilera said.
The six school nurses often refer students to outside health-service providers and consult with teachers, parents and counselors to assess if a student’s health problem is tied to poor attendance or if the student is encountering problems at school or at home.