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Roane County BOE teams with hospital for health services

SPENCER — To offer more peace of mind when kids are returning back to school this fall, the Roane County Board of Education partnered with Roane General Hospital to offer health services at all schools in the county.

Hospital staff will set up health clinics to assist with health screenings for faculty and students in each school, according to a press release from the Roane County BOE.

The health professionals will also offer information about COVID-19, on-site isolation and evaluation; and with parental consent, be able to test and treat students.

“The health care services to be provided by RGH are a crucial piece of our re-entry puzzle. Their involvement should help provide a peace of mind to Roane County families – of both students and staff,” Board of Education President Jeff Mace said. “This innovative partnership will hopefully be sustainable after this crisis is over and be a model to other counties and districts.”

Dr. Brent Watson from Roane General will oversee the clinics. He said these clinics will help promote health and wellness for students and staff.

“By placing clinics in all of our schools, we will be able to assess symptoms of COVID-19, offer testing, begin appropriate treatment, improve infection control, and promote safe school attendance,” he said. “Parents who wish for their students to receive these services can rest assured that the hospital and the school system will do everything possible to promote health and safety while our students are educated during the pandemic.”

Per the approved re-entry plan, students will be separated into four groups in accordance with their last names and all families will be grouped together.

When the semester starts Sept. 8, each group will attend school only one day per week.

The following week, each group will attend two days a week. On Sept. 21, they will come back to a five-day model if it is safe to do so.

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