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Collinsville School Board Approves Telehealth Services For Students

By Stephanie Malench

The Collinsville Unit 10 School Board began its April 19 meeting by honoring several students for their academic and sports performances.

The girls bowling team was recognized for being the 2021 SIJHSAA Girls Bowling State Champions. The team coached by Joe Legendre was made up of Morgan Randazzo, Caici Buckman, Laila Jaoko, Maegan Morley, Elizabeth Campbell.

Four CHS students placed in the Top 10 of the Health Occupations Student Association State Competition for 2021. Winners include Rylee Mesnier (Medical Reading), Alyssa Herman (Home Health), Julianna Sotelo (Home Health), and Makenzie Schoellman (Interviewing Skills). The club sponsors are Akiya Perry and Kristin Wegener.

Finally, CHS student Aiden Kaufman placed 1st at the ICTM Rgional Math Contest and 10th in the State for Algebra II. The math team is sponsored by Bill Gottschalk.

Durng the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Brad Skertich announced that the Director of Special Education Ali Underwood, district nursing staff and administration  have been in conversations with Hazel Health to provide telehealth services to middle and high school age students.

In a survey sent to parents, more than 60% of families said they would use the service to treat ear infections, eye infections, or basic viruses during the day.

Families are eligible to enroll in the program if they have private, state, or no insurance and have given the school proper consent.

Parents will no longer have to leave work and pull their child out of school to receive adequate health care.

Other new programs Skertich announced include students receiving a library care automatically when their family completes registration for the school year and a bike and helmet donation program from the Collinsville Police Department to select students in grades K-6..

Finally, the district has partnered with PCs for People and the Fairmont City Library to get retired devices from the district for a nominal fee into the hands of those who cannot afford new devices, along with a free hotspot for families in Fairmont City.

Under new business, several items were passed, including : approval of new math textbooks for the middle school and new English III textbooks at the high school; an extension of the food service contract with Sodexo Food Service for the 2021-2022 school year; approval of memorandum of understanding with Hazel Health Inc. and School based urgent care network; establishment of Kahoks on the Go! Running Club at CHS; approval of a bid for just under $20,000 to fix drainage in front of Dorris Intermediate School and level the ground to eliminate standing water; renewal of the IHSA membership; and creation of the CMS Trailblazer Academy which will provide wrap-around services in a small group setting with a teacher and educational assistant to help students  lagging behind from the alternative learning structure due to COVID.

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