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School-based health center to open at Brighton High this fall

One of the key factors to student success is time in the classroom working alongside peers and educators.  Absenteeism, due to health concerns, can cause a student to miss crucial classroom time and fall behind academically. Students with unmet health needs or untreated psychological disorders have a difficult time engaging in the educational process. In an effort to meet students’ health care needs, School District 27J, in partnership with Kids First Health Care, is working throughout the summer to redesign and renovate a section of Brighton High School that will serve as a school-based health center (SBHC).


School-based health centers (SBHCs) bring the doctor's office to the school so students avoid health-related absences and get support to succeed in the classroom. Services are designed to identify problems early, provide continuity of care, and improve academic participation. Treatment for most health and psychosocial disorders is more successful and less costly if instituted early, but many children fail to receive preventive health services, which provide early identification and intervention. Read more.