What are School Wellness Centers?
Our mission is that every child come to school health mentally, physically and emotionally ready to learn.
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.
- 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.
- ACE Eye Care
- Big Smile Dental
- Kern County Department of Public Health
Wellness Center Locations