Edmonds School Board to Discuss School Health Centers June 28

The Edmonds School District Board of Trustees will receive an update and discuss School Health Centers in more detail at their regular business meeting on Tuesday, June 28.

The board has raised the idea several times over the past year. Staff gathered feedback and additional information to eventually create a school-based health center for some of the district’s most at-risk students.

School health centers are located inside or adjacent to a school and offer integrated medical, behavioral health, and other health care services such as dental care. Services provided are generally defined by community needs and primary care is provided by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, licensed mental health care providers and a clinic coordinator.

In April, the board was told that the on-campus health center would be sponsored by the Verdant Health Commission and Snohomish County Community Health Centers (CHCs), which would staff and operate it. Plans call for the health center to be located at Meadowdale High School and include two phases of implementation. If approved, the school health center would be the first of its kind located in Snohomish County.

Tuesday night’s meeting also includes a one-time reading and subsequent vote to potentially approve an interagency agreement between the Edmonds School District and Snohomish County Community Health Centers for School Health Centers. The project will be subsidized.

Other items on the agenda include an update on the district’s Aboriginal education program. The board will conduct a second reading of a new staff complaint resolution policy and then vote on whether or not to approve it.

The school board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and can also be viewed live. There is also an opportunity for the public to comment and the full agenda can be viewed here.

Maria J. Book