Telemedicine in Rural North Carolina Public School System Keeps Youth in the Classroom

Thanks to a recent grant, Burke County Public Schools in Burke County, North Carolina are planning on implementing a system where sick children never have to leave school to get diagnosed for illnesses! This way, students in rural areas can get diagnosed with the ease and quickness of their more urban counterparts all while staying in school. Proponents of the system feel that it reduces missed school days, provides families adequate care especially for parents who cannot take time off of work and allows for quicker diagnoses.

Do you think a program like this could work in Indian Country? With truancy a large part of the problem in Native dropout rates, is this an effective way to keep kids in school and provide proper care that Native students may not always have?


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