The Hardin County Board of Education approved a contract with Cumberland Family Medical this summer that will have the company partner with Hardin County School to provide student health services effective January 8, 2019 (when school resumes after winter break). Students, parents and staff will see some new health services when Cumberland Family Medical starts its work.
A Healthy Kids Clinic will be opening in each school and teaming with current HCS school nurses. The clinic will have a medical director to provide standing orders so children will be able to receive over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, antacids, etc., from the school nurse if the symptoms warrant that type of medication.
Healthy Kids Clinic nurse practitioners will be available if children have more severe symptoms and parent permission is given to treat the child in that manner. Students can also receive well-child examinations, dental services, immunizations and behavioral health services if parents so chose for those services to be provided.
“Hardin County Schools is extremely grateful to our friends at Cumberland Family Medical,” HCS Director of Health and FRYSC Services Janay Sutton said. “These medical experts have nothing but the best interest of our students at heart and will work hard to ensure they receive the best care possible. We also appreciate our Board of Education and our administration for never wavering in its support of the health services our students need.”
Parents need to ensure that a consent for health services on the Healthy Kids Clinic Registration Form has been submitted to the school nurse at their child’s school so he or she can receive the full value of these services.
The Healthy Kids Clinic Registration Form and all other Health Forms were given to all parents at the beginning of the school year or at the time of student registration. The forms can be found HERE.
“These additional services are not meant to replace those provided by doctors and medical professionals in our communities,” Sutton added. “A vast majority of our students and parents have deep relationships with their doctors and nurse practitioners. However, many families do not have immediate access to a medical professional. Plus, these services will be an asset to all parents who aren’t in a position to come to school when the nurse calls them saying their child is ill.
“We ask for patience from our parents, students and staff as we complete this transition. There will be many changes. However, all of the same members of our wonderful school nurse family will continue working to improve and maintain the health and well-being of our students.”