When one of Middleburgh's students feels under the
weather, has a fever or needs a physical, he or she can be
checked out by a physician's assistant housed right in their
Since 2007, hundreds of elementary, middle school and high
school students have been seen at the school-based health
centers, which are part of the Bassett Health Care network.
is the only school district in Schoharie County that is part of
the network and provides this service to students and their
families. The district provides space at the elementary and
middle school/high school for the centers; there is no other
cost to the school district.
For more information about the program,
check this link for Bassett Health Care, which is based in
Middleburgh's School-Based Health Centers
Students at the elementary school and the middle school/high
school have access to a physician's assistant and medical care
during the school day. The office provides student physicals,
write prescriptions, provide immunizations and health screenings
and diagnoses infections and other ailments.
"If a child isn't feeling well, the parent can send the child to
school and not miss a day at work," said Nicole Dunn,
physician's assistant at the centers. "If it's an ear infection
or something that isn't contagious, I call in a prescription and
send the child back to class, depending on how they feel."
Parents must send in a note with the child in order to be seen
during the day in the Health Center. She also sees students that
have already gone to the nurse's office and may need additional
care as well as regular appointments for students with issues
like acne or obesity.
There are no out-of-pocket costs for the Health Center services.
If a child's family has insurance or medicaid, those are billed;
if a family has no insurance, there is no cost for the office
visit. Costs of services outside of the Health Center, like
prescriptions, x-rays, MRIs or laboratory tests, must be paid
Dr. Chris Kjolhede from Bassett Health Care is in the office
about once a month.
"The real benefit of this program is that it provides care for
kids who may not get care otherwise," said Dunn.
The center opened at the elementary school in September 2007 and
at the middle school/high school in December 2007.
To contact the elementary Health Center, call 827-3793.
To contact the middle school/high school Health Center, call
Let's Go 5-2-1-0
School Based Health Center staff is very excited about a new
approach to student health beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
This healthy lifestyles program is called 5-2-1-0, and it
encourages a series of key health messages that will help staff,
students and parents alike to become aware of the importance of
a healthy lifestyle each and every day. Here’s what the numbers
5 or more fruits and vegetables a day
2 hours or less TV/computer screen time
1 hour or more of physical activity
0 sugary drinks (replace with more water and low-fat milk)