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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

School Nurse Appreciation Day

WHEREAS, families should feel confident that their children will be cared for and their physical and mental health needs are safely met while in the school setting; and

WHEREAS, students today face complex and life-threatening health problems requiring care in school; and

WHEREAS, school nurses address the home and community factors or social determinants that impact students’ health and have done so for more than 120 years; and

WHEREAS, school nurses act as a liaison to the school community, families, and healthcare

providers on behalf of children’s health by promoting wellness and improving health outcomes for the children of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, school nurses are professional nurses that help advance the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievements of all students by serving on the frontlines and providing a critical safety net for Virginia’s children; and

WHEREAS, school nurses are members of school-based teams like school health services, 504/IEP, and disaster/emergency planning providing care coordination to address the school population; and

WHEREAS, school nurses understand the link between health and learning and can make a positive difference for children every day; and

WHEREAS, citizens of the Commonwealth are encouraged to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of school nurses and their efforts to meet the needs of students by improving the delivery of health care in our schools, helping students stay healthy and ready to learn, and making a positive difference in the lives of children every day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 8, 2024, as SCHOOL NURSE APPRECIATION DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.