Lufkin ISD introduces health changes

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Since the school year hasstarted, Students and faculty are well in the groove of things, and gettingused to a new health infrastructure.

Over the summer, thedistrict added more nurses so that several schools would not have to sharenurses, meaning each school has a nurse all day, every day.

"It's a hugeaccomplishment. It's huge for family and students, and it's a relief forparents so that they know there is somebody that their student can access allday long during school day if they have a need," Lead Nurse Jan Fulbright said."As far as assessment of students, you get to know those students; you get toknow the staff. You get to know what signs to look for when there is somethingwrong with the student."

Another change is adding anetwork of physicians.

We provide a broadrange of services that until now has not been available to students," said Dr.George Fidone.

Fidone said that everystudent will be able to receive a consult no matter what their insurance statusis.

"Every physician thatis involved, and by the way that is every physician that sees children in thiscommunity has provided direct communication lines to both the nurse andphysician for immediate, accurate diagnosis and assistance," Fidone said.

The new system seems to beworking.

"I accessed it thismorning for a student and his family and it took less than 20 minutes to get ananswer from a physician."

The changes are still intheir infant stages but the district says it has already seen improvements.

The my pack program isstill going, however the clinic is no longer on the middle school campus.

It now operates out of the health districtoffices for those students who qualify.