District mulls school-based health clinic

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has proposed adding a school-based health clinic for Iola. Families would face no out-of-pocket costs when a student seeks care. The hope is to provide health care for those in need and reduce absenteeism at school.

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June 14, 2022 - 2:27 PM

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas’s Dan Duling, left, and Ashley Hooper talk to USD 257 board members about a school-based health clinic. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

It’s a scenario parents and teachers face all too often.

A child complains of a sore throat and goes to see the school nurse. Yes, the nurse determines, it looks like there could be a problem.

So, the child leaves school, the parent attempts to schedule a doctor’s appointment and the child is kept out of school until they can be assessed, treated if necessary and given the all-clear.

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