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The Hawkins County Board of Education is pleased to announce that beginning October 24th, students and staff of Hawkins County Schools will have access to the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Virtual Health Clinic (NCVHC).

The NCVHC allows students and staff to see the school nurse for initial evaluation. If the health issue requires care beyond what the school nurse can provide, new telemedicine technology will allow the school nurse to connect via a secure web camera to a medical doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant affiliated with Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

With the assistance of the school nurse, the NCVHC medical provider can then examine the student’s throat, mouth, ears, and eyes using specialized equipment. A parent or guardian can also be instructed on how to join the visit through their computer or phone without leaving work or home.  

Additionally, if ordered by the NCVHC provider, the school nurse can perform three basic labs at the school level: flu, strep, and urinalysis screenings. If a prescription is needed, it will be electronically sent to the student’s pharmacy. The NCVHC provider and school nurse will determine if the student can stay in school or if they need to recover at home. After the visit is complete, the NCVHC provider will contact a parent or guardian and the child’s pediatrician or primary care provider to communicate what care was given and arrange any necessary follow-up appointments.

The goal of the NCVHC is to keep students and staff healthy and in school by identifying illnesses early. The NCVHC will accept most insurance plans including TennCare. Visits to the NCVHC will be billed as a primary care visit. If parents do not wish to use their insurance, there is a $49 fee for the clinic visit. NCVHC co-pays will be mailed directly to the student’s home; payment will not be accepted at the school level.

Participation in the NCVHC program is optional. Parents and Guardians are always welcome to use their personal medical provider if preferred.

The school-based clinics offer primary care services to students and staff, including the following:

• Fever

• Sore Throat

• Allergy Symptoms

• Ear Pain

• Nausea

• Abdominal Pain

• Skin Irritation

• Chronic Illness

If you have any questions about the NCVHC, you may contact Linda Snodgrass at Niswonger Children’s Hospital at 423-946-0482 or Erika Phillips, Hawkins County Schools Coordinator of School Health, at 423-272-7629 extension 2017.

It is the policy of the Hawkins County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.