Changes for Leon County Schools' Health Care

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Whether its a bump on the head or the daily dose of medication, children currently get care from one person referred to as the School Health Assistant--placed in each Leon County School.

Recently, Leon County Schools put changes in place to let go of these assistants. Beverly Owens with Leon County Schools said, "The 500 to 600-thousand dollars that we've been earning regularly to cover the cost of the school health assistance will no longer be available to us."

Leon County Schools explained in a letter to assistants, it is no longer eligible to receive Medicaid funds from Medicaid Administration Claiming, which is how they pay assistants. Now, Leon County Schools have to come up with a new plan. "What we will do is have a team of staff members at schools who have more than one responsibility, but who will be very well trained to perform the task that the school health assistants are currently performing." Owens said.

But not all parents are on board with the new plan. Angela McCulloch, a registered nurse and mother, says their Health Assistant knows her child's day to day needs.

"They do know, just by repetition, how much medicine they take, how much insulin to give, does this child need an Accu-Chek? Someone just being rotated in and out is not going to know these things." McCulloch said.

McCulloch, who claims a health assistant helped save her son's life, is well aware of the new plan proposed by the school board and she does not agree. She said, "That's not an acceptable solution, for people to rotate in and out."

If the proposed plan goes into action, Leon County Schools are confident it will be successful. Leon County Schools are still working on the new plan and if finalized, it will be effective next school year.

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