WHEREAS, school nurses have served a critical role in improving public health and in ensuring students’ academic success for more than 100 years; and
WHEREAS, school nurses address the home and community factors (social determinants) that impact students’ health; and
WHEREAS, school nurses are professional nurses who 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 our nation’s most fragile children; and
WHEREAS, school nurses act as liaisons to the school community, families, and healthcare providers on behalf of children’s health by promoting wellness and improving health outcomes for our nation’s children; and
WHEREAS, school nurses understand the link between health and learning and are in a position to make a positive difference for children every day; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Department of Education celebrate and acknowledge school nurses everywhere and honor their efforts to deliver care that keeps students healthy and ready to learn;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 8, 2019, as SCHOOL NURSE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.