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Harrisburg School District Gets Grant To Screen Students For STDs

Your tax dollars at work.  Pick me up off the floor!

For a second year, the Harrisburg School District has received a $40,000 grant to hire a nurse to screen and treat district students for sexually transmitted diseases.

The school board unanimously voted on Monday to approve a contract for a health educator. That nurse will provide education, screening, treatment and follow-up for chlamydia and gonorrhea in district students. The educator will be in the high school.

Sybil Knight-Burney, superintendent, said that she did not think sexually transmitted diseases were an issue in the district, but rather “the rising numbers within Dauphin County as a whole” are more of a reason to have a nurse available.

Knight-Burney said the grant came from the Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, a nonprofit organization providing health care services in 28 counties for women’s health care, cancer screening and education, tobacco prevention and cessation, HIV/AIDS support services, and family planning.

– Published by The Patriot News  September 18, 2012

One Response

  1. I’m not sure of the wording of this article. It states tax dollars hard at work in the first paragraph. Then stated the grant came from a non profit organization. It is my understanding that nonprofit would imply donation on a vilantary basis, not stolen tax dollars being redistributed. Are students required to participate or is this also on a voluntary basis?

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