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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, students are the future of the Commonwealth; and,

WHEREAS, families should feel confident that their children will be cared for when they are at school; and,

WHEREAS, students today face complex and life-threatening health problems requiring care in school and the physical and mental health needs of students should be safely met while in the school setting; and,

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the essential role school nurses play in student health and academic success; and,

WHEREAS, school nurses address the home and community factors (e.g. social determinants) that impact students’ health; therefore, they have served a critical role in improving public health and in ensuring student’s academic success for more than 100 years; and,

WHEREAS, school nurses act as a liaison to the school community, families, and healthcare providers, as well as serve on school-based teams, in order to promote the health and wellness of the children of our Commonwealth; and,

WHEREAS, school nurses understand the link between health and learning and support the educational success of children and youth by providing access to care when children’s cognitive development is at its peak; and,

WHEREAS, we celebrate and acknowledge the 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 11, 2022 as SCHOOL NURSE APPRECIATION DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.