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Sick school girl with nurse checking temperature

I learned today from talking to Lorali Gray, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN and School Nurse Corps Administrator at the NWESD, that six million children nationwide are chronically absent from school. In Washington State, according to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), 16% of all students K-12 are chronically absent. This amounts to about 174,000 students! I was shocked. What does this mean? A student is chronically absent if they miss two days per month, or eighteen days total per year for any reason, excused or unexcused. The...

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Migrant Workers in Tulip FieldsI recently learned from a visit with Enrique Lopez, NWESD Migrant Education Coordinator, that Washington has the second highest number of migrant students in the nation after California. In Washington State, over 24,000 identified migrant students attend our schools.

Who are our migrant students, you may ask? In Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, a migratory child is defined as one "... who, in the preceding 36 months, in order to accompany or join a parent, spouse, or guardian who is a migratory agricultural worker or a migratory fisher...

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Hispanic mom with baby

Last week, when I was at the Bellingham Public Library to return my overdue books (I know! I know!), I heard the wonderful sound of children singing. I followed my ears to the source of the happy songs to see just who dared to disrupt the usual library silence. There, inside the community room, were a dozen children, all around five or younger, belting out a round of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes". Moms, dads, and grandparents stood in a ring around them, watching and...

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Entering an elementary classroom recently, I was immediately dazzled by the colorful boards sprinkled with spring art, and delighted in the diversity portrayed through the eyes of young children. Then it hit me: April is fast approaching! My connection had nothing to do with ‘April showers bring May flowers'. The month of April is special in my world for another reason.

April has been honored as World Autism Month for years and more recently, April 2nd is recognized internationally (per...

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As teachers, administrative staff and student support personnel, we know that a significant number of angry, depressed, addicted, and sometimes suicidal students are walking the halls of our schools.  These youth are dealing with multiple traumas in their life, struggling to cope in an environment that requires maintaining control. Understanding how to engage these students in a healthy, positive way has become critical.

 The 1998 Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs), which sent...

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