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Posted on: October 24, 2019

Quilcene School-Based Health Center Approved by School Board


October 24, 2019            

For Immediate Release

Contact: Marjorie Boyd

Jefferson County Public Health

(360) 379-4480

The Quilcene School Board has unanimously approved a proposed school-based health center for their district. The decision came during their October 16th meeting where Board members heard results of a recent survey that solicited parent and student input on the proposal. The eighty-six respondents were overwhelmingly supportive of the clinic with only five parents indicating their children would not use the clinic, citing as their reason contentment with their current medical care.

The school-based health center (SBHC) will offer primary medical care in addition to the mental health services that have already been in place, bringing services offered in line with those at Chimacum and Port Townsend school health centers. Unlike those SBHCs, however, it will be available to all Quilcene students, kindergarten through twelfth grade. The medical clinic will be staffed by a nurse practitioner hired through Jefferson County Public Health, and equipment and funding for staff will be provided by Jefferson Healthcare and JCPH.

Parents and students alike indicated on the survey that they were most interested in care for physical illnesses, sports physicals, and immunizations, as well as vision and dental screening. They cited convenience and not having to miss school and work as their main reasons.

One parent commented, “Keep children on campus to resolve minor issues, return them to class as soon as possible.”

“Our staff, students, and families were all greatly excited at the prospect of a School-Based Health Clinic at Quilcene and we’ve heard nothing but support since the Board of Directors voted unanimously to go forth with the campaign,” said Principal Sean Moss. “During this process I’ve been incredibly proud of how involved our student body has been, as they’ve showed a great deal of maturity in taking ownership of the initiative.”

The timeline for opening the clinic is dependent on hiring and remodeling of space in the current elementary school to accommodate the health center, most likely no sooner than January 2020.

For more information call Public Health at 360-385-9400, or Sean Moss, Principal of Quilcene School, at 360-302-1294


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