Filled with transient students with poor access to health care, St. Louis Public Schools will have a computer network in place this fall through which school nurses can share information about students’ health.
Made possible by a $500,000 grant from the St. Louis-based Deaconess Foundation, the network will enable the school system to keep track of the estimated 60 percent of students who switch schools each year, school officials said.
The grant shows how districts interested in technology funding shouldn’t limit their search to technology-specific grants or foundations. Besides improving recordkeeping by nurses, the network also will enable school officials to track a wide variety of information on students, said Peter McGehee, executive director of the district’s technology office.
The Deaconess Foundation was created with funds from the Deaconess Incarnate Word Health System, but the two organizations are not affiliated. The foundation is dedicated to improving the health of metropolitan St. Louis.