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Nevitt Forest Elementary Addresses Community Health Needs

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Two Upstate school districts have invested in the area’s health by opening school-based wellness clinics, and officials say more are likely coming. Two Upstate school districts have invested in the area’s health by opening school-based wellness clinics, and officials say more are likely coming.
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Two Upstate school districts have invested in the area’s health by opening school-based wellness clinics, and officials say more are likely coming.

Students getting sick are a problem in all schools. But some have figured out a solution – open a healthcare clinic just outside the classroom.

Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for its new health center.

“This is really like wonderful to have a medical facility here on campus,” said Nicole Dolderer who is a teacher at Nevitt Forest and parent of a second grader there.

Nevitt Forest Health Connections as it’s called is staffed by a nurse practitioner and has multiple exam rooms, like you would find at any doctor's office.

So now, if a child isn't feeling well, they won’t be immediately sent home. Instead they will go to the school-based clinic.

“This of course is based on consent from families and the student can be seen, assessed, prescribed or even referred to additional services if needed,” said Principal David Pressley.

Nevitt Forest Health Connections is one of 19 school-based clinics in South Carolina.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says more of these will be opening in the future.

School-based clinics don’t come cheap. They require a large investment by the school district, local business partners and help from grants.

Anderson School District 5 paid about $350,000 to build its first school-based clinic.

Only students are being seen at the clinic, however, district officials want to expand it to serve others who primarily rely on Medicare and Medicaid for healthcare services.

Spartanburg District 7 was able to do that through a $2.5 million federal grant.

In 2012, the district created a community health center at the Early Learning Center at Park Hills which is operated by ReGenesis.

Nevitt Forest hopes to follow suit. Pressley says more than 100 of his 500 students have already received permission from their parents to visit the clinic.

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