Part 2 of a multi-part series.
Published in the Quincy School District Communicator, a release from the district states that the new Student Health and Wellness Center was created to support the district’s promise.
The district’s promise is that all students graduate from high school and are prepared for the next step in their education, career and life.
Nevertheless, concerns arose from the Quincy community about the possibility of the Student Health and Wellness Center during its design process, Quincy Schools Superintendent John Boyd said.
One of the concerns from the community, Boyd said, was that the center would be providing abortion or birth control services to students.
“The Student Health and Wellness Center provider will not prescribe or dispense birth control or condoms and will not provide reproductive counseling to students,” the release stated.
In response to that and other concerns, Boyd put together a coalition of students, community health professionals, district and high school staff to research student health data and review best practices of school-based health centers.
Several coalition members visited student health centers in Wenatchee and Walla Walla to help inform a recommendation to the superintendent about how to best utilize this space to support students.
The coalition also discussed goals and values for serving the health needs of students in the health center space.
According to the release, the coalition listed the following values with respect to the health center space to support the mission of the school district’s promise:
Providing services to those most in need
Supporting parent education and empowerment
Providing regular service times with consistent staffing
Focusing on prevention
Connecting to community –partnering with local providers and agencies
Services driven by student need with parent consent
Coordinated with community to provide mental health for the whole child, physical health and drug and alcohol prevention and services
Connecting the health center services in the Whole Child Initiative and existing QSD services
Services provided on what data shows is most needed by the students
In this arrangement with the center being located inside a school but managed by a separate healthcare provider, the school district is a landlord and has developed a facilities usage agreement, also described as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with parameters of services that reflect the community’s values, the student needs and parent’s ability to choose whether they want their student to utilize the services of the health center.
In simpler terms, the district is renting the space to the Quincy Community Health Center for them to staff with a patient provider that will provide services to patients within school district approved guidelines.
Since the space is being rented out, none of the district’s funds go towards the center or its services, it is completely being funded through the Quincy Community Health Center.
For this reason, parents or community members who do not support the new center do not have to worry about school-related funding such as levies funding the center.