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From vision and dental care to school-based health centers and mental health counseling, City Schools works to ensure that students are healthy and ready to learn.

To reach their maximum potential, students need to be healthy and have access to medical services and support. City Schools works with partners including the  to provide the following. 

  • School-based heath centers. In partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, services of a doctor's office are in more than a dozen schools, so students avoid health-related absences and get support to succeed in the classroom. 
  • School nurses. The Health Department provides a school nurse or health aide in every school to provide skilled nursing services to students with documented need and first aid to all.
  • Vision screenings. City Schools has partnered with the Health Department, Johns Hopkins University, Vision to Learn, and Warby Parker to provide no-cost vision screenings for all students in pre-k to grade 8 and glasses at no cost to students who need them.
  • Hearing screenings. Screenings are provided free to all students. 
  • Dental care. Through an agreement with the Oral Health Impact Project and Mobile Dentists/Smile Maryland, in-school dental examinations and cleaning, dental x-rays, sealants (when appropriate), and preventive and restorative services (such as filling cavities) can be provided to students whose parents provide written consent.
  • Asthma. School health services ensure that students have an appropriate plan for treating asthma, a common health concern for our students. This way, health can be improved and absences reduced. 
  • Mental health. Through a collaboration with the Baltimore Mental Health System, Health Department, Baltimore Substance Abuse System, the Family League, and four lead agencies, the Expanded School Mental Health program is available in the majority of schools. Similar to mental health clinics, this program provides prevention/early intervention, individual and group counseling for students with more significant mental health issues, and a screening referral process for students who need ongoing medication or more intensive mental health care. 
  • Additional health needs. If your child needs to be given medication at school please complete the medication administration form. Students who need treatments and procedures at school, need to fill out either the form to administer treatments and procedures or the multiple treatment and administration form.
Home and hospital services

When students cannot attend school because of medical, physical or emotional conditions, your physician may request services through the Home and Hospital program to deliver instruction at home or in hospital settings, or by telecommunications and home visits. For more information, contact Whole Child Services and Support in the district's Academics Office.