Another Shawnee school site is also offering remote medical visits to students and staff.
Sequoyah Elementary School has joined four other Shawnee schools that currently have a Team Clinics partnership. The agreement between Shawnee Public Schools and Team Clinics means that students and staff members have access to remote health care providers who can evaluate, diagnose and treat common illnesses.
The Team Clinics program has shown signs of success in the time it has been operating at Shawnee schools, said La Rita Haffey, district health nurse coordinator. Haffey explained that approximately 70 patients have been seen through the remote clinics since they went live in September. All students so far have been able to stay at school after receiving their diagnosis, Haffey said. She added that the only patients sent home due to illness have been teachers.
Haffey will be available to answer questions and help parents sign up for Team Clinics at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 prior to Sequoyah's third grade music program. She also encourages parents and staff members to complete a registration form in advance so that when a health care need arises, the patient can be seen quickly. These forms are available on the Shawnee Public Schools website.
Other Shawnee school sites with Team Clinics capabilities are Shawnee Early Childhood Center, Jefferson Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary and Shawnee High School.