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June 14, 2024 11:08 pm

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Telehealth Services Reduce Absenteeism in Guilford County Schools

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Guilford County Schools have launched telehealth services to address student absenteeism, with 14 schools currently participating and 12 more set to join next year. This initiative, in partnership with Guilford Education Alliance and Cone Health, aims to keep students in school and parents at work by providing quick access to medical care on campus.

Peck Elementary’s Principal, Ashley Triplett, highlights the efficiency of the program, noting that a Cone Health Certified Medical Assistant is available throughout the school day. If a student needs medical attention, the assistant can facilitate a virtual doctor visit with parental consent. This approach has helped reduce early departures and absenteeism, ensuring students remain in class for critical instruction. The district hopes for future state funding to expand the service beyond high-poverty areas.