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Chicago: Mayor wants more nurses/case managers/social workers in schools to fight trauma at home

July 30, 2019, Chicago Sun Times: CPS plans to hire hundreds of social workers and nurses — but many positions still not filled from last pledge https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/7/30/20747534/cps-chicago-public-schools-social-workers-nurses-lightfoot-teachers-union Noting the trauma faced daily by many students, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced plans to hire hundreds of new nurses, case managers and social workers in Chicago Public Schools over the next few years. Speaking at Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School on Tuesday, Lightfoot said that CPS will add “at least” 200 social workers and 250 nurses to its schools within the next five years, though schools officials have struggled in recent years to fill those positions. By the 2021-22 school year, CPS officials hope that schools with higher concentrations of special-needs students — 240 or more — will have at least two full-time case managers. The district said the nursing positions will help ensure “every CPS school has access to full-time, stable nursing services.” Many CPS schools have only part-time nurses, while others rely on contracted nurses. The announcement Tuesday also indicated that such contractors will “only be used in supplemental and substitute roles.” Lightfoot cited the trauma that CPS students “experience on a daily basis” as part of the reason for the needed staffing increases. …