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Tell ISBE to Put Kids First! “Sunset” Online Training Modules for Certified School Nurses

5/20/2013
As of July 1, 2013, state special education laws require that only Certified School Nurses (CSNs) may conduct medical reviews of special needs students participating in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process. CSNs are Registered Nurses (RNs) who undergo rigorous specialized training to medically assess students with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities in the school environment.

But some parts of the state have a shortage of CSNs, making it difficult for school districts to comply with the requirement. In response, the Certified School Nurses agreed to a reasonable delay of full implementation of the rule until the “sunset” date of July 1, 2020. The delay will help districts comply with medical review requirements in the short term by providing web-based CSN training to non-certified RNs. The 2020 sunset also ensures that districts have ample time to hire CSNs and for nurses to obtain standard school nurse certification.

But ISBE wants to eliminate the 2020 sunset date and permanently replace rigorous CSN training with the online “stop gap” measure. This is not in the best interests of special needs students. Tell ISBE we want an END DATE, not an END RUN around the sunset! E-mail ISBE today rules@isbe.net. You can view a sample message here.

The IFT supports the rule change to delay implementation of the CSN medical review requirement, but only with the inclusion of the July 1, 2020 sunset date. While online training modules are an acceptable temporary solution, they should not replace the rigor of a quality Certified School Nurse program.

The public comment period on the proposed rule change closes on June 3, 2013, so please e-mail rules@isbe.net today!
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