State grant to fund extra medical care for students at two local schools

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Some Bay District Schools students could soon be receiving additional medical care.

During Tuesday afternoon's Bay District School Board meeting, leaders discussed a state grant benefiting Lucille Moore and Springfield elementary schools.

Through the School of Hope grant, we're told students can receive remote medical attention.

The student would be with a school nurse, who would be using software and Bluetooth-enabled equipment to communicate with a doctor.

The school board approved the initiation of the contract with PanCare.

"It's very secure software with a doctor on the other end and it would be the web cam kind of technology, you'd think, but they would have medical devices hooked up to them, so they could hear their hearts live, so they can look in their eyes, look down their throat, and be able to do those different things," Bill Husfelt, Superintendent of Bay District Schools, said.

One of the hopes of providing more extensive medical care to students is to improve student attendance.

He said the services will come to the schools later in January.