Student School Screenings at Eisenhower Army Medical Center
August 22, 2012
FORT GORDON, Ga. -- Military families that have recently relocated to Georgia encounter many hurdles to registering their children for school in the state.
There are several medical requirements before students can enroll such as a height, weight, body mass index, vision, hearing, nutrition, the exceptional family member program, dental and immunizations that must be entered in the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions.
In order to ease the process on military families, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center holds three Saturday all-day events referred to as "School Screening Days" where students can go through every step of the process in individual stations in order to meet all of the requirements and to ensure they have all the necessary paperwork to register with Georgia public schools.
"On average, 85 to 100 of our staff work each of the three Saturdays to ensure a high quality and efficient screening process for the program. Our ultimate goals are to keep the children healthy and in school while keeping the parents happy." said Col. Robert Bowman, the Chief Nurse Executive for Family Community Medicine at DDEAMC.
On August 18th Eisenhower Army Medical Center held the last of three screening events to allow parents to get everything they need in one day instead of making individual appointments for each form to register.
372 students participated in the program on Saturday and the average time to complete the process being less than an hour and a half.
The three Saturday events had 1,132 students complete the process to get ready for school registration.
"It makes it very convenient verses having to go to each appointment. It has been a very smooth process with minimal wait times at each station and has been a great service to parents, who are new to Georgia." Said Edie Fairbank, who's two sons went through the screenings.
The event which is organized by the DDEAMC nursing department is held annually to prepare military families for school registration.