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Reynolds School District gets $60,000 planning grant from Multnomah County.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - School-based health centers provide all sorts of routine medcial care including vaccinations and screening tests. The Reynolds School District has been given $60,000 from Multnomah County to plan a possible school-based health center at Reynolds High School.

"The grant is for planning only," said Andrea Watson, director of communications for Reynolds, adding that there is no funding yet for a clinic.

There are 12 school-based health centers operating in Multnomah County schools. Centennial, David Douglas and Parkrose high schools are the schools in East Multnomah County that have clinics.

The school-based health centers provide all kinds of medical services for children in a location convenient for families. The school clinics will do routine physical exams, including sports physicals, as well as treat illness or injury. The health centers can do vision, dental and blood pressure screenings, routine lab tests and immunizations. Students also can get prescriptions at the health centers.

The school clinics also provide important mental health services and age-appropriate reproductive health care. They also provide health education and counseling, promote wellness, and give tips on fitness and nutrition.

Services are paid for by student insurance, Medicaid, grants and other sources. If students can't pay, they will get services at no cost.

The $60,000 grant will allow Reynolds to hire a consultant that will work on things such as engaging the community, creating a business plan and possibly architectural designs.

Reynolds High School is undergoing a significant remodel that is adding capacity to the 2,500-student school. Watson said although a specific space has not been set aside for a potential health clinic, one could be created if the clinic is eventually funded.

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