Clarkston Community Schools is pleased to announce a new partnership with Clarkston Medical Group (CMG) to provide health services for students on the campuses of North Sashabaw Elementary and Sashabaw Middle School two days per week (Tuesday and Thursday). Services will be provided by Bianca Green, an experienced CMG family nurse practitioner.
"When students aren't feeling well, they have a harder time learning," said Staci Puzio, Clarkston Community Schools Administrator for Student Growth and Well-Being. "Giving kids access to health care at school puts them in a better position to learn. Through this unique partnership with Clarkston Medical Group, we can now accommodate most medical needs at school on the days the center is open."
Services provided include:
- Primary medical care – diagnosis and treatment of illnesses such as sore throats, earaches, colds, skin conditions, first aid, etc.
- Physical exams and sports physicals (for students who do not see a doctor regularly)
- Lab tests
- Screenings for vision and blood pressure
- Prescriptions when needed
- Referrals for counseling for mental health needs such as depression, eating disorders, anger control, stress, drug, and alcohol abuse
- Routine immunizations (expected to be offered Fall 2018)
- Insurance billing – Private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Students without insurance can be seen as well.
In order for a child to be seen in the school health center, there are two conditions that must first be met:
- Parents must have completed necessary enrollment forms and return them to the Main Office in an envelope with copies of a parent's driver's license and insurance card (if insured). This information is confidential and will not be on file with the school. Clarkston Medical Group will secure the information provided.
- The clinic must make contact with a parent or guardian to secure permission for a child to be seen, each and every time he or she visits the health center. No child will be seen without a parent's consent.
Dr. Renny Abraham, a physician with Clarkston Medical Group and a 1992 Clarkston High School graduate, was central to the development of the CCS school health centers. He said, "I am so glad to give back to the schools that gave my community and me so much!"
Erica Harding, M.D., Medical Director, School Based Health Outreach at Clarkston Medical Group was also a key figure in launching the centers. She said, "The CCS health center will serve as a place to support the medical needs of students and staff. Be it a well check-up for a child who hasn't seen a doctor regularly, a visit for an asthma attack, or even the sports physical that's due tomorrow, we want to help. We'll also be providing education on a variety of topics throughout the school year. We want to do our part serving the CCS mission to support the whole child by creating accessible and affordable health care for students. We are inspired by other successful school based health centers in Michigan."
To learn more about school-based health centers, and the connections between student well-being and academic success, please visit:
- School Community Health Alliance of Michigan Fact Sheet
- The Benefits of School-Based Healthcare
- School-Based Health Centers Are a Great Idea
- Health and Learning
- Health Barriers to Learning
- North Sashabaw Elementary: https://nse.clarkston.k12.mi.us/health-center
- Sashabaw Middle School: https://sms.clarkston.k12.mi.us/health-center
About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.
Read more Clarkston Community Schools News at www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/news.