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Overall student health up

Jeff Schmucker Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:21 PM

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Hernando County records show a steady increase of students diagnosed with diabetes in the district throughout the past four years.

Overall, however, fewer students were identified as having identified health conditions last school year than in the past five years.

That is the result of the annual School Health Services report submitted for the school board's review during the 7 p.m. public meeting on Tuesday.

Along with outlining services provided to students, the report highlights the number of those with medical conditions, including those with severe allergies, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, seizure disorders and others.

Compared to five years ago, the number of reported cases of diabetes in students increased by 31.7 percent, from 63 reported in 2007-08 to 83 in 2011-12.

The number of students identified with asthma is at its lowest in five years, with 1,039 students identified with the disease versus 1,413 identified in 2007-08 — a 26.5 percent decrease.

Instances of students with kidney disease also was reported at the lowest in five years, coming in at 22 compared to between 31 and 34 students having the disease in the prior four years.

Overall, the number of students with any of the 15 reported health conditions was reported at the lowest in five years: 3,099 students.

Comparatively, 2011-12 had the largest number of students with health concerns within the past five years with 4,602 students recorded.

In other business, board members are expected to consider approving recommended instructional leaves, resignations, appointments and other personnel recommendations.

That list is made available as part of the board agenda, which can be found at (352) 544-5271

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