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MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- What happens if your child needs immediate -- but not emergency -- health care while at school?

November 05, 2013

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — What happens if your child needs immediate — but not emergency — health care while at school?

That's the question Central School District administrators are asking right now.

Partnering with Polk County, the district received a $30,000 evaluation grant in September from the Oregon Department of Human Services to conduct a study on the feasibility and benefits of having a school health center.

"Brent (DeMoe) and I have been talking about this concept for six or seven months," said Buzz Brazeau, CSD superintendent. "We feel like our community certainly would support the need to create a student health center available to students."

DeMoe, manager of the Polk County Commission for Children and Families, partnered with the district in putting the grant application together.

With a health center, CSD would be able to provide preventative, low-cost health care to students and their parents — potentially teachers and staff as well.

Though the evaluation process is still in the early stages, Brazeau is hopeful it will yield positive results for the district.

Brazeau even has a vision for a virtual clinic at the center, once all the moving parts are in place.

"Our intent is we would have the implementation grant so that we would have the summer to get the facilities prepared to open in conjunction with school next year (2014-15)," Brazeau said. “It's an aggressive schedule and I take a leap, but I don't think it's too big of a leap."

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