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Rocky Mt. NC: Board of Ed. to look into on-site health clinic at elementary school

Mar 15, 2018, Rocky Mount (NC) Telegram: School board mulls health clinics http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/News/2018/03/11/School-board-mulls-school-based-health-clinics.html Students in the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools may soon visit the doctor at school. At the March school board meeting held this week, members of the Nash-Rocky Board of Education voted unanimously to explore the feasibility of establishing an on-site health clinic at Williford Elementary School with the eventual goal of establishing such clinics at schools throughout the district. “There are some folks who will question why a local education agency is even delving into mental and physical health services. But the brutal reality is that we have some children confronting such challenges in these areas that we can't effectively educate them until we address these barriers to learning,” Nash-Rocky Mount School Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jefferies told the school board. … “These clinics have fully-fledged medical providers with an on-site therapist. They can provide a wide range of services including strep tests, vaccinations, sports physicals, administering medications and helping with asthma-related incidents. And services are managed by the local health department,” Jefferies said. … “Imagine every elementary school being staffed with a mental health technician, a full-time social worker and and a full-time counselor. Think of the good we could could do,” Jefferies said. As he made is his case for school-based health clinics, Jefferies said he considers expansion of mental health services a school security issue. …