Cherokee County Health Department

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
THE CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
AND
THE CHEROKEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
This agreement entered into on this 19th day of May, 2016, by and between
The Cherokee County Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as the “School
Board”
And
The Cherokee County Health Department hereinafter referred to as “Health
Department.”
WHEREAS, the School Board’s mission is to enable all students to become
contributing citizens who can communicate effectively, gather and use
information, make responsible decisions, utilize technology effectively and adapt
to the challenges of the future, and
WHEREAS, one of the School Board’s Major System Priorities is to
increase parental and community involvement through public engagement
policies and practices that treat parents, businesses, community‐based
organizations and agencies, local institutions of higher learning and other public
entities as true partners in the educational process, and
WHEREAS, the mission of the Department of Human Resources is to assist
Georgians in achieving their highest levels of health, development, independence,
and self‐sufficiency. The Department of Public Health, in its strategic planning
efforts, developed a philosophy and values which are reflected in its mission: to
promote and protect the health of people in Georgia wherever they live, work,

and play. We unite with individuals, families, and communities to improve their
health and enhance their quality of life, and
WHEREAS, believing that physical and emotional well‐being, is the basic
right of every individual regardless of age, race, sex, educational level, income
level, religion or political affiliation, and in accordance with the Georgia Public
Health Code and the master public health agreement, the mission of the North
Georgia Health District is: to prevent disease and improve the public’s health,
especially for that part of the population in greatest need; and to utilize all
available resources in order to provide cost‐effective health services that are
specifically targeted to the significant health problems currently identified in
northwest Georgia, thus enhancing development, independence, and self‐
sufficiency.

Now, therefore in consideration of the covenants and conditions set forth
herein the parties agree as follows:
ARTICLE I
The parties agree that the foregoing recitals are true and correct and
incorporated herein by reference:
ARTICLE II
The School Board will:
1. Provide a photocopy (through the Office of School Operations and School
District Lead Nurses) of each pre‐kindergarten and kindergarten students’
Certificate of Immunization (Georgia Department of Human Resources
DHR Form 3132) to the Health Department for statutorily‐required
auditing purposes.
2. Assist in scheduling and facilitation of statutorily‐required scoliosis
screenings at Cherokee County School District middle schools.
3. Assist in scheduling and facilitation of vaccinations/inoculations (influenza,
pneumonia, Hepatitis B) of students with consent forms and employees if
applicable.
4. Promote Health Department programs/initiatives through existing
communication channels, as permitted by School Board policy.

5. Provide referrals to the Health Department when applicable.
ARTICLE III
Health Department will:
1. Conduct statutorily‐required audits of pre‐kindergarten and kindergarten
students’ Certificates of Immunization (Georgia Department of Human
Resources DHR Form 3132).
2. Conduct statutorily‐required scoliosis screenings at Cherokee County School
District middle schools.
3. Provide vaccinations/inoculations (influenza, pneumonia, Hepatitis B) of
employees and students with consent forms, if applicable.
4. Assist the School District in its communications relative to communicable
diseases and critical case occurrences.
5. Accept all children/interested participants for participation within its programs
without regard to their gender, race, political affiliation, age, national origin or
handicapping condition or any other discrimination recognized and prohibited
by State or Federal Law. Children/participants with handicaps must be
provided all necessary levels of supervision and must be included within the
activities of the partnering organization. As a result of this partnership
agreement, the Health Department must adhere to all local, State or Federal
laws regarding education.

ARTICLE IV
The term of this contract is May 19, 2016 through May 19, 2017. This contract shall automatically renew for
additional terms not to exceed five years unless either party notifies the other at
least 60 days prior to renewal date.
ARTICLE V
This contract may be terminated by either party upon thirty (30) days
written notice to the other party with or without cause. All notice of this contract
shall be given to the Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools at 110
Academy Street PO Box 769, Canton, GA 30114, and to the District Health
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Director, North Georgia Health District at 100 West Walnut Avenue, Suite 92,
Dalton, GA 30720.
ARTICLE VI
The School Board shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Health
Department and its officers, directors, partners, and employees from and against
any and all demands, claims, damages to persons or property, losses and liabilities,
including reasonable attorney’s fees (collectively “Claims”) arising out of or caused
by the School Board or its employees’ negligence in connection with the provision
of this agreement.  The School Board shall not have waived or be deemed to have
waived, by reason of this paragraph, any defense, which it may have with respect
to such claims.
The Health Department shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the
School Board and its officers, directors, partners and employees from and against
any and all demands, claims, damages to persons, property, losses and liabilities,
including reasonable attorneys’ fees (collectively “Claims”) arising out of or caused
by the Health Department’s or its employees negligence in connection with the
provision of this agreement.  The Health Department shall not have waived or be
deemed to have waived, by reason of this paragraph, any defense, which it may
have with respect to such claims.