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   Back-To-School
BY KRISTIN MCDERMOTT Health Educator
    help keep our youngest populations protected from the spread of COVID-19. But how do you get ready to go back to school if you don’t know whether your child will actually... GO back to school? As a health department representative,
I deeply wish that I had more concrete answers to help you see the future of what this virus’ spread will mean for our way of life. But for as many studies and predictions are made daily by experts, the one unpredictable thing is people. And people have the whole summer to make choices that will affect where we are as
a community in the pandemic response come September.
By working together to keep each oth- er safe, I am hopeful that come autumn the familiar changing of the leaves will also see a change back to familiar rou- tines for our kids (and for us grown-ups!).
I would be remiss if I didn’t end this write-up with a gentle reminder to make the choices that will positively affect where we are as a community in the pan- demic response come September. Enjoy your summer with the kiddos and help us model responsible public health practices to the next generation by using sunscreen and bug repellant, wearing your mask when you’re indoors, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently.
Here’s what I can tell you. Your Cal- houn County Public Health Department (CCPHD) is working feverishly to be prepared for anything that a new aca- demic year will bring and make sure that the services we provide for Calhoun’s students and families are as uninterrupted as possible.
 Children’s Hearing and Vision (CHV)
Regular checks of your kid’s hearing and vision can help identify concerns
and get appropriate intervention early. Kids struggling with hearing or vision impairments can frequently be misdiag- nosed with behavior concerns. Our CHV program is up and running to help your kids get the screenings they need to start the school year off on the right foot. Par- ents or guardians can call (269) 969-6389 to schedule a screening appointment
for their child. Note that program staff continues to have limited hours, so if you don’t reach someone right away, please be sure to leave a message and we’ll return your call!
Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)
CSCHS provides services for children – and some adults – with certain eligible medical conditions including assisting
Parents are already seeing virtual classrooms and hybrid digital/ in-person school- ing options for fall being proposed across the state; options that can
Though COVID-19 is at the forefront of our minds, we have not forgotten the importance of protecting our community from vaccine-preventable illnesses like measles, chickenpox, and HPV. Call our clinic for information and scheduling back-to-school immunizations at either our Albion clinic (517) 629-9434 on Mondays and Wednesdays or the Battle Creek clinic (269) 969-6363 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Only time will tell, but please remember that CCPHD is here to serve you through preventing the spread of disease, promot- ing healthy lifestyles, and protecting your health. We’ve been hard at work through this pandemic, and we will continue to be here to serve you! More information on the programs above, and ALL the ser- vices CCPHD can provide to Calhoun’s community, can be found online at www. calhouncountymi.gov/publichealth or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CCPub- licHealthDepartment.
Getting Ready to help you get ready.
with special medical bills, locating specialized resources, and more. Kids needing help with special health accom- modations and specialized physicians can find assistance and connection by calling CSHCS (269) 969-6390.
Immunizations
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