The Springfield (Ohio) district has begun construction of a School Based Health Center at Springfield High School.
The district says it is aiming for the $2 million initiative to "revolutionize access to health care for students and families."
The Rocking Horse Community Health Center will operate the center, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2024-25 school year.
The facility will offer a variety of services to its patients, including primary care, vaccinations, health screenings, mental health counseling and patient resource assistance.
Research has shown that student attendance and grades improve in school districts where school-based health centers are present, the district says.
“This clinic will provide quality and convenient medical care for many of our students and families in ways that have not previously been available,” said Superintendent Bob Hill. “We know there are correlations between the physical health of a community and its stability, so we are excited to see and measure the many ripple effects that this clinic will have on our classrooms and overall student performance."