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Health on the agenda for school board tonight
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Student health will be on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.

According to a proposed agenda, the board will hear two presentation, one by LiveWell Kershaw and, during Kershaw County Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins’ report, one regarding a telehealth service being offered by KershawHealth and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

LiveWell’s presentation will be led by Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County Executive Director Susan Witkowski and Iron Sharpens Iron President Holly Hayes, who leads LiveWell’s evaluation efforts. Witkowski and Hayes plan to review how LiveWell’s model leads to a culture of health, which it hopes will eventually lead to Kershaw County becoming the healthiest county in South Carolina. This includes its School-Based Health Center program at North Central high and middle schools.

Witkowski and Hayes’ presentation will also touch on mental health counseling needs in the district and the possibility of expanding the School-Based Health Center program county-wide.

The telehealth presentation during Dr. Robbins’ portion of tonight’s meeting will actually be made by Debbi Lewis of Kershaw Health and MUSC’s Elana Wells. They will speak about a concept to use telehealth -- using digital and communication technologies to remotely access healthcare services -- within the district so students do not miss school and parents don’t need to miss work.

The presentation reflects a program launched in the Darlington County School District where parents can enroll their children in the School-Based Health program so they can be remotely examined, diagnosed and treated by a nurse practitioner or doctor from MUSC.

Also on tonight’s agenda, the board will take action on changes to sections A and B of the board’s policy manual. The board is also scheduled to enter executive session to discuss undisclosed unemployment matters.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the board room at the district office, 2029 West DeKalb St. in Camden, and is open to the public.