Members of the St. Croix Federation of Teachers will host a team of nurses from across the United States to administer health screenings to students this week.
The project is co-sponsored by the St. Croix Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1826 and the National Federation of Teachers with the cooperation of V.I. Education Commissioner Sharon McCullum. Every public school student in the territory will receive hearing and vision tests.
“Since the storms, supplies and other support for our school nurses has been very limited,” said St. Croix Federation of Teachers president Rosa Soto-Thomas. “We and the national AFT leadership view this situation as a national concern. If our children are to be able to learn they must be able to see and hear in the classroom, and not be distracted by discomfort from dental or other health issues.”
Other partners providing support for the project are the Clinton Global Initiative, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, AirLink and the Seafarers Union. The effort is part of the comprehensive recovery assistance the AFT has been implementing since Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The union also plans to provide Kohler water purification systems to V.I. schools as needed.