The health of students in Bay District Schools may improve thanks to a new partnership between PanCare and the school district. The school board approved grant funding to PanCare to create two teleheath clinics in Springfield and Lucille Moore elementary schools.
The clinics will be more technologically advanced with Bluetooth enabled equipment that will allow health care professionals in the schools to communicate with a licensed practical nurse. The funding will come from the State’s School of Hope Grant, a grant aimed to provide wrap-around services to students that are in need of health care. District officials hope that by improving health care services for the children it will increase attendance and overall performance. Children will only be seen with parental consent.
“If we can start to try to address some of the health issues and mental health issues with our children before they get too far on the other end of it, that we can help they become more healthy, more productive in school and feel better about themselves,” said superintendent Bill Husfelt.
PanCare will see any child at no cost regardless of their insurance status. The two clinics will use $10,000 each to pay for the equipment and software. PanCare will fund the licensed practical nurse. They will begin to set up the clinics a in the next few weeks.