Waterfall Set to Open New School Based Health Center
COOS COUNTY, Ore. — Taking students out of school for health appointments can be time-consuming and can take away from their education.
On the south coast, an elementary school is working to help avoid that.
School nurses are an important part of a school, and now North Bay Elementary School in North Bend is adding a program that will extend the health care a school can offer.
"The more we can provide to kids for a healthy environment both physically and mentally the better their equipment to learn in school setting," said Bruce Martin, the principal.
The school-based health center will have a nurse practitioner, mental health therapists, and a social health provider. The waterfall clinic, which is funding the program, says having a mental health expert will allow for early intervention when needed.
"How much more of an impact can we have at 5 vs 15," asked Andrea Trenner, the CEO of Waterfall Clinic. "So the moment that those issues start to surface then we say hey this is normal we can help them through, support them through hard issues. Just because their younger doesn't mean they don't have emotional issues."
Another motive for the center is to cut down the time students are away from the classroom.
"Being a rural school is that often times when families leave or students leave for a health appointment they're gone for the remainder of the day," Martin said. "Providing some in house opportunities for kids will ensure that their learning is more continuous."
The idea is, not the replace school nurses, but to add the next level of care a child may need while keeping them in school.
Construction for the health center is expected to be finished in October, but help will be available for students at the start of this school year.
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