Wyoming County School Board to reevaluate partnership with Tug River Health

WYOMING COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Tuesday night the Wyoming County School Board decided to reevaluate the partnership with Tug River Health.

The call for reevaluation comes after the school board voted in their August 31st meeting to suspend the partnership after concerns from other health clinics in the area. The partnership originally was used to help create school based healthcare centers to help students in need. Dr. Joanna Bailey from Tug River Health explained that there are many benefits to these school based clinics for the students and encouraged the board to reevaluate its decision.

“School based healthcare centers have been shown to reduce absenteeism and tartness, increase GPA, increase academic expectations, school engagement, safety, and most importantly increase attendance,” said Tug River Health Family Physician Dr. Joanna Bailey. “I encourage you to reinstate the partnership between the board and Tug River and to explore all of our options for providing care to our students who desperately need it.”

The school board will reevaluate the partnership at a special meeting on Monday September 14th at 6:00 PM at the Wyoming County School Board Office.