School-Based Clinic expected to be ready for the Fall classes
Round Lake Area Consolidated School District 116 approved a plan to allow for the construction of a school-based clinic (SBC) last year that would be operated by a third party. Like similar SBC’s that have been added to other schools, SBC’s are clinics that bring preventive and immediate care, as well as counseling, health
education and sometimes dental care, to children and adolescents at school. Services provided are determined by the community.
Advocates of these types of clinics claim SBCs can provide a wide range of health services, from routine checkups to treating chronic illnesses in an accessible, friendly place located in or near a school where students can receive a wide variety of healthcare services. They proclaim the following advantages:
Advantages of SBCs
Students served by a SBC have direct access to healthcare providers in a convenient and
confidential setting while they are at school
SBCs serve all students, whether or not they have insurance
Students do not have to miss as much class time to receive basic healthcare
Transportation problems in seeking healthcare are reduced
Prevention and early intervention are promoted
Students learn how to use medical services in a non-intimidating environment
Referrals are made to appropriate community providers
Parental time off from work is reduced
School employees also receive services which helps them stay healthy and on the job
Students Who Have Access to Clinics Inside Their Schools:
Are less intimidated about seeking services
Comply with scheduled appointments with very few ―no-shows‖
Get services from on-site providers who can follow up informally and who have a broader
understanding of the student‘s functioning in his or her peer group and in school
Many others oppose SBC’s due to their tight-lipped secrecy regarding what treatment and advice they are giving a parent’s child, especially when it comes to birth control. Many of them get heavily into sex education/advice, often distributing birth control products as well as referring young girls to abortion doctors if they become pregnant and prefer to abort. Once a parent signs a blanket authorization form, the clinic is NOT required to contact them regarding their child’s clinic visits or care.
The following was a response to the question
Should school based clinics provide birth control pills to students?
In today’s schools, distributing birth control devices to teens in schools has been occurring and needs to be controlled. School nurses seem to feel they have the right and authority to hand out condoms and birth control pills to teens attending the school without notifying the parents about it. Distributing birth control in schools to teens is wrong for three reasons and needs to be stopped.
According to the Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, school-based clinics have increased over the years in school communities and so has the disease of HIV/AIDS among school kids Are school based clinics a direct link to this problem? Possibly, SBC’s are very commonly found in lower income school areas. They have handed out birth control pills to young women and condoms to young boys in the schools. Having direct access to these birth control devices, and having an adult issue them is giving minors the idea that it is permissible to have sex as much as possible. Teens think that nothing bad will come of it, but it can! Nurses should not have the power to distribute these devices to teenagers. Nurses should encourage young teens to wait till marriage.
Secondly, birth control is not always fool proof and does not prevent other sexually transmitted diseases. Problems can arise when sexual partners do not ask about each other’s sexual health particularly STD’s. This is when things get out of hand because this is when teens feel and think that nothing bad can happen to them. According to research, condoms are not always full proof for keeping diseases from entering the human body during sexual intercourse.
Additionally, it is discouraging to parents that some things their kids are learning in school in sex education are in opposition to their beliefs. It is also very difficult to find out that the school is handing out birth control devices in school without consent of the parents. Young teens’ consenting to pre-marital sex is very risky in terms of what the outcome could be. Sex is not just a game, it has its consequences. Having pre-marital sex can affect the social life of a teen. This could become someone’s life style and would not only affect the one who lives it, but also the people he or she is connected too.
In all honesty, distributing birth control devices to teenagers can be helpful. Teens will be teens, which mean some will have sex whether or not they have been told about the morals of waiting. So giving out a condom to decrease the chance of a teen girl getting pregnant is what society wants. However, simply making birth control available to teens means they are losing out on the concept of developing responsibility for their actions. The information given in sex education is what is needed to educate the minds of teens so that they will be ready for the real world. Birth control may provide physical protection from pregnancy, but it does not appear to be the solution for the physical and emotional ailments that teens suffer when they engage in pre-marital sex.
Distributing birth control devices to young teens is wrong and does not help kids understand that sex at a young age can have negative consequences. Schools should not distribute birth control devices to teens because it gives teens the idea that birth control makes pre-marital sex a safe activity. Most parents want the best for their kids, and so should the schools, by not handing out birth control. Concerned members of society must come to realize that birth control devices are currently available to teens at many schools, and they must step in to control it.
Below is a short video of the SBC construction which began after the winter thaw.