The following were among actions taken at the Dec. 16 meeting of the District of Columbia Board of Education. For more information, call 724-4283.
HEALTH CLINICS -- The board approved establishing adolescent health centers in some District schools, but decided against allowing the centers to dispense contraceptives or prescription drugs.
Under new regulations, the city's Commission on Public Health will open and maintain the centers, which will provide health services free or at a nominal cost. Treatment will be provided to minors only with parental consent.
The rules also mandate that the school system and the commission establish an advisory council of school staff, health professionals, parents and students before any clinics open.
The Committee on Student Services will decide in January where to locate the first clinic. Ballou High School at Fourth and Trenton Streets SE is the most likely choice, according to Paula Perelman, an attorney in the superintendent's office. The first clinic is scheduled to open in the fall of 1988. A second clinic may be opened the following year.
The clinics will be open only to students who attend the host school. The possibility of opening clinics to junior high students who will attend the host school has been discussed, but not decided, Perelman said.
Alexandria recently became the first jurisdiction in the Washington area to allow the distribution of contraceptives in school clinics.
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE RELOCATION -- The board decided that a task force should study whether to relocate the school system's headquarters from the Presidential Building, 415 12th St. NW, to the Franklin School, 13th and K streets NW, which is now one of the city's four educational centers.
The task force will be appointed by the superintendent.
The Presidential Building houses several city departments, including the Office of Business and Economic Development and the Office of Planning. The school system's offices are spread over two floors.
Linda Cropp (Ward 4), chairperson of the Committee on Buildings and Grounds, said that the task force would determine the cost of remodeling the new site for administrative uses and would find an alternate location for the adult education programs now housed at Franklin.
RESIDENCY EXCEPTIONS -- Bob Boyd (Ward 6) withdrew from the agenda a resolution to exempt bilingual teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, social workers and Individualized Education Program developers from the requirement that city employes live in the District.
He said he would introduce the resolution as soon as he completes documentation of the need for such an exemption.
Boyd, chairperson of the Committee on Specialized Educational Programs, has strongly criticized the residency requirement, particularly for what he says are its adverse effects on specialized education. In September, Boyd alone voted against the board's resolution to support the requirement when the D.C. Council held public hearings on its feasibility.
At the time, Boyd said that shortages of nurses and therapists would force the city to break laws mandating therapy for handicapped children.
Last week, Boyd said that federal funds for special education projects could not be used because the system lacks qualified staff members. He also said that a number of handicapped children from non-English speaking families were receiving inadequate care in the school system because of a lack of bilingual specialists.
"Here we have federal funds we can't spend, and a population that is extremely fragile," Boyd said, referring to handicapped immigrant children.