Student health screenings return

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Health fairs for Allen County schoolchildren, checking for dental problems and head lice, will once again be provided by SAFE BASE as students enroll for the upcoming school year.
Angela Henry, executive director of USD 257’s after school program, said some were unsure whether the fairs would continue as SAFE BASE sought funding to stay in business. SAFE BASE organizers learned in May that it will receive grant funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City which, combined with other sources, will ensure the program’s future through the school year. Thus, the health fairs will continue.
Henry said she is working to publicize the voluntary screenings to ensure a large turnout at each of the three sites.
Marmaton Valley’s health fair runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6. Iola’s is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6. Humboldt’s is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 12.
The screenings are provided free of charge, and students requiring follow-up dental treatment will be given vouchers for one free trip to a dentist’s office. Some may receive even more assistance, depending on financial eligibility.
Employees from two local dentists’ offices, Dr. Richard Potts of Iola and Dr. Sean McReynolds of Humboldt, will assist with the screenings.
The head lice examination will be free and discreet, Henry said, and treatment shampoo will be given to those who need it.
Students taking part will receive free school supplies, purchased through funds provided by Allen County.
This will be the fifth year that Allen County students have had advantage of health screenings during enrollment. The first year was limited to USD 257 students. Districts 256 and 258 were added in 2006-07.
Classes for USD 257 are tentatively set to resume Aug. 19 (plans will not be formalized until the school district reaches a negotiated agreement with its certified teachers), while those in USD 258 return Aug. 20. Students in USD 256 return Aug. 31.