New legislation would force DOE to release school health care information

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A City Councilman wants the Department of Education to spell out which schools are providing healthcare support to their students.

Councilman Ben Kallos is re-introducing legislation this week that would compel the DOE to reveal which schools offer services like vision care and HPV vaccines.

“We should know exactly which health services are available to which public schools so that we can ensure all 1.1 million public school students have access to the health services they need,” Kallos said.

The Manhattan Democrat said the DOE has not been adequately transparent about healthcare resources in city school buildings and should be legally obligated to do so.

“The city has policies in place to provide every health service they need and expect parents to be satisfied knowing they exist,” Kallos said.

If passed, the legislation would mandate that the DOE specify which schools provide contraception, HPV vaccines, substance abuse counseling, and vision and dental care.

“I am concerned that the city is giving parents a false sense of security, when the truth is that we don’t know which public school students have access to which services,” Kallos said.

The DOE said they would review the proposed law.

“We are incredibly proud of the work we’ve done to expand access to high-quality health education and access to direct services, which are critically important during this pandemic,” said DOE spokesperson Nathaniel Styer. “We thank the Councilmember for his advocacy on this issue and we will review the legislation.” 

The DOE said that it provides a range of healthcare related resources to city kids — and noted that 700 schools were served by portable dental care teams in 2020.

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