While many health professionals only learn about pandemics through reading books, students in the Fairfield City School District’s health science program are learning to safely and strategically provide patient care in the midst of a pandemic.
Right now, these future medical assistants, phlebotomists, EKG technicians, etc. are getting hands-on experience in safety and medical procedures. For example, they learn how to properly take off gloves without touching bodily fluid. They are also learning academic components, such as identifying medical facts and debunking misinformation.
The health science program is a cohort of the District’s Career Tech program, which provides practical job alternatives for students after graduating high school. The program is led by the school district’s longtime athletic trainer, Peyton Lee, who brings top-performing students with him on the athletic fields as his assistants during games and practices. Student athletic assistants help tape, assess, and treat injured players.
Another remarkable part of the program is that before students graduate from high school, many of them will earn credentials that qualify them to fill high-need jobs as phlebotomists, EKG technicians, and other positions in patient care. They will also receive certification in CPR, AED, and first aid through the course.