School Wellness Centers

What are School Wellness Centers?

Mission

Our mission is that every child come to school health mentally, physically and emotionally ready to learn.

Goals

The goals of the BCSD School Wellness Center are to:

  • Preempt adverse health and educational outcomes, including student absences from school, unnecessary use of the emergency department, missed parental work hours, and inadequate care.
  • Increase student access to primary care
  • Respond to immediate health needs

School-based clinics provide sick and urgent care as well as ongoing care for chronic conditions.
They also offer a relationship that children often lack – a continuing relationship with a health care provider.

The wellness center gives children access to affordable medical, vision, dental and mental health services during convenient school hours. For students who suffer from chronic illnesses, managing their care in partnership with their primary care provider and learning self-care skills can make an important difference in their overall health and quality of life.

Any student enrolled at a Bakersfield City School District school can receive services at the school-based wellness centers. If you have a primary care provider, the center will communicate with them to coordinate care. The Wellness Centers are open Monday through Friday 7:30 – 4:30 except for major holidays and special training days. Enrollees should seek care with their primary care physician when the center is closed for school vacations, weekends and school holidays.

Services

  • Diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses such as cold, fever, and rashes
  • Screening and exams for pre-kindergarten students, sports and camp physicals and medical care for chronic health problems
  • Optometrist exams and glasses if needed
  • Dental exams and treatment if needed
  • On-site counseling to evaluate and treat emotional health needs with referrals to clinic-based or community providers if needed
  • Case management and support for barriers to student’s attendance in school
  • Referrals to specialists for injuries or illness that require additional consultation

Convenient, easy steps to begin services

Students receive care at the wellness center once their parent or guardian completes a registration packet. Once enrolled, a student can be seen any time the center is open. There is no fee for services received at the Wellness Centers. Staff can assist parents/guardians in completing forms.

A dedicated staff that understands health and young people

The wellness center is staffed by a nurse practitioner, licensed vocational nurse, school social worker, school health office assistant and school community facilitators. While most care can be handled in the clinic, staff can also arrange appointments with outside medical specialists and safety net services as needed. Parents or guardians are encouraged to visit the center.

Partners:

  • ACE Eye Care
  • Big Smile Dental
  • Kern County Department of Public Health

Wellness Center Locations

4th Street Wellness Center       631-3205

 

 

Center Street Wellness Center   631-3206

South Chester Partnership Resource and Wellness Center        631-3203

 

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.