March 13, 1918


The school board took no action last night relative to granting Miss Jane Allen, the visiting community nurse, permission to conduct her work in one of the schools, beyond receiving a petition of protest against the proposed action which was signed by several hundred persons, including all of the Christian Scientists.

About a dozen opponents of the nurse plan were present to back up the petition, and a few of its friends were also there. The board ordered the petition placed on file with instructions to Clerk Redden to investigate the signatures, ascertain how many signatures appeared twice and how many of the signers had children in the schools.

The board also ordered placed on file the resolutions unanimously adopted by the parent-teachers' associations' council held last Monday, endorsing the proposed work of the visiting nurse and requesting that the school board do all in its power to secure the services of the visiting nurse.

After hearing the delegation of opponents voice their objections for about twenty minutes, the board shut off the discussion for the evening because of the large amount of school business on hand to be transacted, but with the understanding that before any further action was taken on the visiting nurse matter a full hearing would be held by the board, at which friends and opponents of the plan would be welcome.

President Palmer and Dr. Riddell explained that the board's position in the matter was to do only what was best for the schools and the people, and that no snap action would be taken. Dr. Riddell declared, and so did Mr. Palmer, that there was evidently a wide misunderstanding of the proposed work of the visiting nurse in the schools, fostered, no doubt, by a campaign of misrepresentation by some of the opponents of the plan.

Most of the opponents profess to believe that the proposed examination of pupils would be compulsory, despite the repeated explanations of Miss Allen and the friends of the plan that no child will be compelled to submit to examination. The opponents urge that the work of the nurse would be entirely unnecessary and that this work should be done by the city and county physicians.

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