It may look like a regular doctor's office and it is. But it has one exceptional feature - it's location is in Brien McMahon High School.
"It's School Based Heath Center Awareness Month in February and it's a perfect opportunity for us to bring awareness to the community and to families with children in the schools that we're there as a resource for them," said Rhonda Capuano, Program Director of the Dr. Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Centers.
The Dr. Robert E. Appleby School Based Health Center at Brien McMahon - a program of the Human Services Council - provides students with healthcare while school is in session.
Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools Dr. Manuel Rivera said, "Students whether it's a sore throat or it's a more serious health related issue that they are dealing with, they have a place where they can come. They don't have to leave school, they can see a nurse practitioner, they can see a person who can provide them with some care and then hopefully it can get addressed and they can get back to school."
"I have asthma and when I come in and I have a hard time breathing, I'll come in and I'll tell them how I am feeling and they will give me a treatment," said Sabryna Nicols, a senior at Brien McMahon High School. "Once I do that they look me over again then if I'm fine I go back to class and if I'm not then I stay and sit for a little while and it feels nice."
Just like the nurses office, any student can enroll and there is no out of pocket cost.
Capuano added, "School Based Health Center is open to any student no matter what type of coverage they may or may not have."
Nicols added, "Some people don't have the availablity of a doctor's office. So when you come to school and you are able to come here and they can give you prescriptions and give you medicine, it's really nice because some people can't go into a doctor's office or they may not have health insurance."
With health centers located at all three of Norwalk's High Schools and several of the Middles Schools for mental health services, students are able to get immediate service in a comfortable environment
For more information about School Based Health Centers, visit www.hscct.org.