Jennings: School-Based Clinics to Open as Early as October

COLUMBUS, Ohio — During Gov. Mike DeWine’s briefing Thursday, Youngstown City School District CEO Justin Jennings said community health clinics in two district high schools could be open in late October or early November.

The clinics are a response to the lack of accessibility to health care providers, particularly pediatricians, within city limits, Jennings said. The district partnered with Quickmed Urgent Care to establish two clinics: one at Chaney and one at East High School.

“Our plan in the future is to be able to expand and have a clinic at each school to service, not only our scholars and teachers, but our community as well,” Jennings said.

The district also partnered with Sight for All United to provide vision services at the clinics, he added.

Clinics will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday. All care will be done by appointment. The clinics are funded through wellness dollars from the state.

Jennings also updated the governor on the district’s plan for total remote learning this year, a decision the district made about three months ago. Youngstown City schools used Cares Act funding to purchase devices for scholars who need them, as well as Wi-Fi hotspots.

“If they have a hotspot, we tried to provide one for each scholar at the house,” he said. “If they didn’t have anything, we provided, from Spectrum, home internet access for them.”

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