Telemedicine coming to Labette County 506 schools
March 02, 2023
LABETTE COUNTY, KANSAS - On Monday, March 6, 2023, USD 506 Labette County Schools will be partnering with the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas to bring telemedicine to all 6 school buildings. This innovative program will allow healthcare providers to remotely examine students and diagnose illnesses and ailments without leaving the school campus.
Through this program, healthcare providers will be able to remotely examine a student’s ears and throat, listen to their heart and lungs with a stethoscope and even conduct close-up examinations of rashes and moles using a camera. School nurses can also perform tests for flu and strep throat on-site.
If a student falls ill while at school, they will be sent to the school nurse/school secretary who will follow USD 506 protocol for notifying parents. Once notified, parents can determine if they would like a medical provider to examine their child. Parents will have the option of being present during the examination. If a parent cannot be present and wants their child to be seen by the provider, they will be contacted with a follow-up on the examination and notified of any prescription needing to be picked up at the pharmacy.
It is important to note that this service is not intended to replace a child’s primary care provider. Parents must fill out paperwork before their child can be examined using the new service. These forms will be available in the school office or on the USD 506 website.
This partnership between USD 506 Labette County School and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas is a significant step forward in the advancement of healthcare for students. By offering this telemedicine program, the school district is providing students with easy and efficient access to healthcare services that will help them stay healthy and focused in the classroom.