SBHCs are Back to School!

By Laura Brey, Director of Training and Professional Services, School-Based Health Alliance

Back to SchoolThe beginning of the school year is a busy time for school-based health centers (SBHCs). You have to balance meeting teachers and parents, conducting enrollment, preparing for immunizations and physicals, and much more.

There are a few things you can do to make the beginning of the year a little easier. We encourage you to attend the parent-teacher nights to hand out consent and enrollment forms. This gives you an opportunity to meet with parents and let them know how you serve their children. It also allows you to remind teachers of the services you provide, answer their questions, and calm their concerns.

Be sure and include language in the consent form that will facilitate sharing of pertinent health information between the SBHC clinic staff and the school nurse, school social worker, and/or counselor. View the archived HIPAA/FERPA webinar for additional information and a sample sharing consent.

Some SBHCs will prepare a special meet and greet for school staff. This can be helpful to walk them through the clinic and to remind them of how to make referrals. It also gives you the opportunity to meet any new teachers that have been hired.

A special thing to keep in mind when creating your registration forms is to include a section for information specific to military families. Try to find out if a parent was recently deployed or returned from service. This can be a stressful time, and students from military families might need extra attention. Visit our website for resources on how to best serve military families.

Do you have any tips or tricks to make the beginning of the school year easier? Share them in the comments below so other SBHC providers can learn from your experience.

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