HCSD getting a health center for students, employees

The Hall County School District (HCSD) will soon join 119 other school districts in Georgia which have School-Based Health Centers (SBHC). The county school board recently approved construction of such a facility at Chicopee Woods Elementary School.

The Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) calls such facilities as “an effective method for addressing medical, behavioral, dental, and vision health needs by meeting students where they are — in school.”

Of the 119 health centers already up and running in the state, most are in central and south Georgia, although you will also find them in White, Lumpkin and Forsyth counties, according to a GDOE map designating their locations.

The clinic’s services will be available to employees and students of Hall County schools.

The cost of the facility will be covered by a federal grant.

Hall County has offered such services to its employees for several years. The county’s clinic is located in Rabbittown on Old Cornelia Highway.