EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters are written by Foster High School students. Students from Carrie Stradle’s ELL class were tasked to write persuasive letters that are of interest to the Tukwila community.
I am writing as a student at Foster High School who is new to this country.
Everyday students leave campus to go to the doctor for minor health checkups. They miss classes, learning and sometimes their homework and assignments.
Also, some teachers do not accept the late work so students just say make it up or stay after school. If students don’t leave campus for small heath appointments, they will have more time in class. There are many benefits to having a clinic on campus.
As we all know, health is important for our life but also, education is important. That is why a health clinic is critical in our school and our school district should do whatever they can do to bring a clinic in our school.
One benefit of having a clinic at FHS is students will have more time for classes. They wouldn’t have to miss any class work, homework or any quizzes.
For example, one of my friends missed school a few weeks ago because they had to take a bus to go to the hospital and came back. She tried her best to come to school and she was to not able to make it up. In addition, she missed her whole school day. When students are gone for a day, they miss opportunities to learn that day.
An additional benefit of having a campus health clinic would allow students to be seen for minor issues instead of leaving campus.
For example, if students have a minor injury such as bruise and twisted ankle, it will be easier for students to go to clinic and be checked by a professional doctor about it. Also, if students want to talk about their bodies or their sexual health and don’t feel comfortable talking to their family for a variety of reasons, including cultural, they can make an appointment at the school clinic to solve their issue.
Moreover, having a clinic at FHS would improve the knowledge about the functionality of their body. It will also give them the opportunity to have discount insurance. Other social services could help families in our clinic as well.
Opponents of a school clinic might argue about funding. If the government refuses to pay for us or to pay the doctor who is going to pay for these necessities, we could ask each FHS student to give at least $5 to $20 each month.
Another idea is that we can ask the voters to fund the clinic.
In conclusion, if we have a clinic our own school I am sure students will come to school and I am sure that they won’t miss their homework or class time because they were in class.
School is for us to learn and not to be missed and if we have an appointment how can we learn. But if we have a clinic we can learn and make up our appointment.
I think having a clinic in school is way to help students and their families. I urge the Tukwila School District to help FHS to create a health clinic because the healthier we are, the more we learn.