TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Most parents dread getting a call from the school nurse. Not only does it mean your child is sick, but it often starts a cycle of taking off work, trying to get a doctor’s appointment and then waiting for a diagnosis.

Through a partnership with Cook Children’s Medical Center students in the Keller Independent School District can now see a pediatric provider remotely, and get a diagnosis without ever leaving school.

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Officials with Cook’s say children with qualifying symptoms — like earaches, sore throats, or pink eye — who have had signs of the illness identified by a school nurse, can connect with either a pediatrician or certified nurse practitioner over a secure video connection.

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With the help of the school nurse, who has tools to show the health professional the child’s ears, throat, rashes, and other physical findings, student’s problem can be identified and a summary can even be sent to a primary care physician.

The school-based program can also test students for both strep and flu while in the nurse’s office and if needed have an electronic prescription sent to a pharmacy.

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Cook Children’s is currently offering virtual health resources for student in the following school districts:

  • Aledo Independent School District
  • Granbury Independent School District
  • Grandview Independent School District
  • Keller Independent School District=
  • Lake Worth Independent School District
  • Lingleville Independent School District
  • Little Elm Independent School District
  • Trinity Valley School
  • Weatherford Christian