20-6. School Nurses
20-6.1. Work Year.
Effective December 16, 1967, all newly assigned school nurses and all school nurses who elected to convert from twelve calendar months to twelve school months shall be employed on a twelve-school-month basis Pension contributions and sick leave shall be based on the work year for twelve school-month personnel.
Effective September 6, 1976, aAll newly appointed school nurses and all provisional and temporarily certificated school nurses shall be employed on a ten-school-month (208-day) basis. All school nurses currently employed on a twelve- school-month (52-week) basis shall be given the opportunity to convert to a ten-school-month (208-day) basis. Election to convert shall be final and cannot subsequently be changed at the re- quest of the employee.
School nurses continuously employed in the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services since on or before December 31, 1976 on a 248-day work year schedule (or its previous equivalent of forty-eight weeks) shall maintain their 248-day work year schedule, unless they voluntarily elect to transfer to a position with a lesser work year At the beginning of each school year, the BOARD shall provide to the UNION a list of school nurses who have continuously held 248-day positions since on or before December 31, 1976 and whose schedules shall be maintained under this section.
All newly appointed school nurses and all provisional and temporarily certificated school nurses shall be employed on a ten-school-month (208- day) basis. All school nurses currently employed on a twelve-school-month (52-week) basis who convert to a ten-school-month (208-day) basis shall not be entitled to return to a twelve-school-month (52-week) work year schedule. Employment of ten-school-month school nurses beyond ten school months shall be considered summer employment. Pension contributions and sick leave shall be based on the 208-day a ten-school-month year.
The school nurse and the health assistants assigned to a school are under the supervision of the principal or nurse manager, as appropriate. The school nurse shall have direct supervision over health records as well as responsibility for assigning specific duties to the health assistant which relate to the health program.
20-6.3. Professional Orientation.
At least one professional orientation meeting shall be held during the regular school in-service meeting time for all school nurses. Said meeting may be held at the area or city-wide level. It is understood that area meetings may be on different dates in order to provide appropriate resource personnel, if such resource personnel are needed.
20-6.4. Salary Adjustments.
All newly appointed school nurses shall receive credit on the teacher salary schedule for full-time nursing experience subsequent to receipt of a bachelor’s degree in the manner provided under the provisions of Article 38-1 of this Agreement
All newly appointed PATs and new TATs who are school nurses shall receive credit on the teacher salary schedule for full-time nursing experience subsequent to his or her receipt of a bachelor’s degree in accordance with section 3028 of the Chicago Public Schools Policy Manual (Compensation and Pay Plan) (Board Report: 08-0123-PO1).
20-6.5. Internships for Health Service Nurses.
Health service nurses (HSNs) shall be allowed to participate in an on-the-job internship for school nurse certification, under the supervision of a certificated school nurse or an instructor from the certification program. This internship shall be allowable during school hours as long as they are providing services to students and staff in the Chicago Public Schools.
20-6.6. Clerical Assistance.
School nurses shall be provided with clerical assistance in consultation with and approval of the principal.
20-6.7. Missed Lunch.
Licensed Practical Nurses and Health Service Nurses who work through their regularly scheduled lunch period shall be permitted to schedule it at another time during the day, including at the end of the day.
20-6.8. Nurse Educational Advancement.
The BOARD, in consultation with the UNION, will develop and implement a program for LPNs interested in becoming HSNs and HSNs interested in becoming CSNs. The BOARD will devote no less than $2,000,000 during the term of this Agreement to support tuition assistance for nurses, employees and prospective employees toward mutually agreed upon universities between the BOARD and UNION, as well as other related program costs.
20-6.9. Nurse Job Classification Changes.
Nurses who advance job classifications will be placed in the appropriate lane according to their level of education and job classification on the step in that lane closest to, but not less than, their salary prior to the change. From there, they shall advance steps and lanes as determined by Appendix A.