STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1007
RE: H.B. No. 1440
Honorable Donna Mercado Kim
President of the Senate
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2015
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Education and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 1440, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to support the Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn program by appropriating funds for the program.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Education, Department of Education Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area, Department of Education Kapaa-Kauai-Waimea Complex Area, Department of Education Kau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex Area, Department of Education Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area, Department of Education Castle-Kahuku Complex Area, Department of Education Kailua-Kalaheo Complex Area, Nanaikapono Elementary School, Kekeha Elementary School, Olomana School, University of Hawaii System, Hawaii Pacific Health, Kapiolani Child Protection Center, Medical Litigation Consultants, and seven individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Human Services.
Your Committees find that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest a ratio of one nurse per seven hundred fifty students. The Department of Education employs only five nurses for schools statewide. Before students can be truly present and ready to learn in the classroom, they must have their basic health and nutrition needs met.
Your Committees further find that the Nanakuli-Waianae Complex Area participated in a pilot project that introduced an advance practice registered nurse to the schools. The pilot program has been a success and administrators see the introduction of healthcare resources as a means to address chronic absenteeism caused by common ailments and promote public health. Providing preventive and emergency care through schools has also proven to relieve stress on parents, and minimize the time students are out of the classroom for the purpose of basic medical care. The Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn program will increase healthcare access for children in Hawaii, provide preventive care, and ultimately produce a healthy student population prepared to learn and contribute in the classroom.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Education and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1440, H.D. 1, and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Education and Health,
JOSH GREEN, Chair
MICHELLE N. KIDANI, Chair