Washington Co. Has School Nurses Through Summer

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Washington County Health Department and the local public schools superintendent say they have reached an agreement to continue providing school health services at least through the summer school session.

The Herald-Mail newspaper of Hagerstown reports Tuesday that it’s not clear who will provide those services in the new school year starting Aug. 22.

The county commissioners decided earlier this month to cut $3.3 million from a local health department program that provides nurses in schools.

State law requires the school system and health department to jointly develop a plan for school health services. But the health department isn’t required to provide those services.

Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox says he’s been talking with local medical center Meritus Health about providing school health services.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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