PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Pulaski County Public School students will soon be able to be treated for minor health problems or get a physical without ever having to sign out of school.

The Pulaski County School Board says they approved a Student Health and Dental Clinic at their meeting on October 12. The clinic will be located on the campus of Pulaski County High School in partnership with the Community Health Center of the New River Valley.

“This is a real game changer for Pulaski County families. We are very proud of the fact that this clinic will help our students become healthier, happier learners and hope to see a marked improvement in attendance rates as well as improved parent satisfaction with the variety of services beyond instruction that are provided in our public schools. The folks from the Community Health Center of the New River Valley have already established an incredibly successful school-based clinic in Giles County and we are excited that they were interested in developing a similar partnership with Pulaski County Public Schools.”

Dr. Kevin Siers, Superintendent of Pulaski County Public Schools

The dental clinic will not only serve the students on-site but also establish a mobile schedule for elementary and middle school students throughout the year. Pulaski County Schools says no student will be refused treatment regardless of their ability to pay and most insurance providers will be accepted.

The school board says the clinic has been on their agenda since March of 2022 and they hope to have it operational by December 1, 2022. Consent forms and more information will be available to parents soon.