Keeping kids healthy is a goal for many parents, health care providers and organizations. Now, it may be an emphasis for the Tucker County School System.
This week, the Board of Education heard from school nurse Kathy DiBacco and others affiliated with area health care agencies. Their aim was to persuade board members that a school-based health center would be a major benefit to students and the school system as a whole.
Generally, we tend to agree; and the advantages of the program presented by each speaker really made the case.
Health care workers could monitor immunizations and conduct routine well-child visits - DiBacco
The liability of in-school clinics is "very minimal" - Paul Wamsley, CEO of St. George Clinic
School staff would have easier access to health care in school clinics, which would help the county cut down on substitute teacher expenses - Wamsley
The list of these program assets could, and did, go on and on. The point is, it's not only a good idea for Tucker County schools, it's an excellent idea for all area schools to explore.
The Tucker board plans to take up the issue at its next meeting. We're interested in hearing more about it.