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Bledsoe County Health Services preparing for fall opening

When the Covid pandemic hit, Bledsoe County Schools was among the first school systems to implement on-site testing at its schools. From that need and once funding was obtained, Bledsoe developed a plan to establish a health services clinic on the back portion of property at Bledsoe County High School, according to School Health Coordinator Michelle Rains. The clinic is fully operational and will be ready to use as needed in the coming school-year, she said.

In May of 2021, Bledsoe County Schools received a $434,000 Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) grant to support reopening and in-person instruction for kindergarten through 12th grades. The pandemic had closed schools for a period of time, and children received at-home instruction via zoom. Those funds were originally set to expire on July 31, 2022, but Rains said the deadline was extended and an additional $80,049.98 was awarded in March. Funds have to be used by June 30, 2023.

For more see the June 22 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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