Bay District Schools has switched their health service provider from the Florida Department of Health to PanCare. There are a lot of parents who said they are confused about a new consent form, spread recently thanks to some misleading news reports.
The first two items on the form are similar to last year. “Health Screenings” and “Health Support Technician Services.”
“You can select zero, you can select all four. It’s up to each individual parents to decide on what they think is best for their child,” said PanCare marketing coordinator Ashley Kelley.
The district encourages parents who are hesitant about the switch to at least initial consent for “Health Support Technical Services,” which provides basic first aid and medication distribution.
“Parents are working, parents are busy, and in the event we cant get someone on the telephone for verbal consent, this form is our go to and were able to treat that child immediately no matter what the situation is,” said Bay District Director of Student Services Kara Mulkusky.
New with PanCare, they offer school and sports physicals and preventative dental care. The record sharing portion of the contract allows the health tech to share medical information with the district and health department to better evaluate the students health needs.
Like past years all services are free to all students if parents give consent, but parents can allow PanCare to bill your private insurance company or Medicaid, to help offset their costs.
“Either way, if a student is insured or uninsured they wont receive a bill for any services,” said Kelley.
PanCare said more than 20 of their health techs are people who were already working in the schools so students can expect a familiar face.
“For additional services, say dental services, we bring a dentist, dental hygienist, assistants, the needed staff to perform those services,” said Kelley.