The students at this school are comprised of students that mainly have special challenges academically, socially, emotionally, and socio-economically. Most are from families that are impoverished or are just above the poverty level and no extra resources to assist with any school projects or needs. Nearly seventy percent (70%) of students are from families where English is a second language. Some students are still learning the English language in order to communicate appropriately with peers and staff at school.
Most present to my office with various health issues that are treatable, but haven't been addressed due to the lack of knowledge or resources to obtain proper care.
This school serves a community that needs to work daily. They are well aware that they may be fired as a result of staying at home or leaving work early to care for a sick child.
Resources at this school are limited to the point that many teachers and other staff have to use their own money to assure their classrooms have the necessary bare essentials to stock their classrooms and other areas. Fundraising has yielded few extra dollars to use for any additional items except bare essentials.
A Recovery Couch is an absolute necessity in every school across the country. This school has never had a Recovery Couch. They have had use of only two cots that are extremely low to the floor that are ergonomically bad for caregivers backs. The cots are dirty and unable to be cleansed better than they are currently.
The cots are also very difficult to keep clean and sanitary as many students who are sick have had numerous accidents (urinary, stool, vomitus) on them.
Because the cots are constructed with small net-like lying areas, they are very difficult to wash and sanitize because the small netted areas tend to capture and hold many substances. This allows germs to penetrate these cots and potentially pose a health hazard for other students.
Having a Recovery Couch for use daily at this school will allow students who are sick the ability to lie down comfortably while awaiting someone to pick them up. If accidents happen, they can be easily cleaned up with Lysol wipes or soap and water so students have little chance of obtaining illnesses from other students. The Recovery Couch is also ergonomically designed so staff caring for students will not injure their backs.
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