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September 26, 2018


Panama City, Fla.The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is pleased to increase our services to Bay County’s charter schools for the 2018-19 school year. Schools include; Bay Haven, North Bay Haven, Rising Leaders, Palm Bay, Chautauqua, Central High School, and University Academy. These schools make-up nearly 20-percent of the student population in Bay County.

“We are pleased to be able to bring our services to these schools and aid them in their school health programs,” said Douglas M. Kent, MPH, DOH-Bay Administrator. “Our goal is to improve the overall health of Bay County’s children.”

“We have always enjoyed a very prompt and professional relationship with DOH. I look forward to expanding our relationship for the health and wellbeing of our students.” Larry Bolinger, CEO Bay Haven Charter Academy, INC.

DOH-Bay’s six nurses and administrative professional will work with the nurse hired by the charter schools to provide required screenings for vision, hearing, growth and development, and Scoliosis to the appropriate grades. We are also assisting with child development screenings to determine if educational or health interventions are needed. DOH-Bay will serve as a resource to school personnel and present a variety of health information on a wide variety of topics including Nutrition, Disease Prevention, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Teen Pregnancy, Puberty, Dental Hygiene, Sun and Bicycle safety and other age relevant topics. DOH-Bay, in partnership with the nurse for the charter schools, has screened approximately 1,000 students at three schools so far this school year. All services are free of charge.

DOH-Bay will assist in coverage of health rooms when these schools have a need. We will also provide templates for Individual Health Care plans and Emergency Action Plans as requested by the charter schools nurse. We will be available to assist with health needs of the students as requested by administrators and/or the contracted charter school nurse.

In addition, DOH-Bay is partnering for the 2018-19 school year with Bay District Schools for oversight and compliance of the School Health program in accordance with Florida Statutes and Florida School Health Administrative Guidelines.

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