Alabama - School-based health services: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses aspects of traditional school-based health services (noted below), but does not formalize a program to aid in the establishment of clinics or health centers on campus for students. Health services provided for may:• Establish a school health board to govern school district health services• Set qualifications and certification required for physicians and health professionals providing school-based health services• Provide financial support for school-based health services• Address community involvement and/or partnership with school-based health services• Provide details as to the type of services provided

Alabama Administrative Code 290-8-9-.00: Definitions

(18) Related Services.

  1. School health services and school nurse services means health services that are designed to enable a child with a disability to receive FAPE as described in the child's IEP. School nurse services are services provided by a qualified school nurse. School health services are services that may be provided by either a qualified school nurse or other qualified person.

  2. Social work services in schools includes:

    • (i) Preparing a social or developmental history on a child with a disability;
    • (ii) Group and individual counseling with the child and family;
    • (iii) Working in partnership with parents and others on those problems in a child's living situation (home, school, and community) that affect the child's adjustment in school;
    • (iv) Mobilizing school and community resources to enable the child to learn as effectively as possible in his or her educational program; and
    • (v) Assisting in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies.
  3. Speech-language pathology services includes:

    • (i) Identification of children with speech or language impairments;
    • (ii) Diagnosis and appraisal of specific speech or language impairments;
    • (iii) Referral for medical or other professional attention necessary for the habilitation of speech or language impairments;
    • (iv) Provision of speech and language services for the habilitation or prevention of communicative impairments; and
    • (v) Counseling and guidance of parents, children, and teachers regarding speech and language impairments.
  4. Transportation includes:

    • (i) Travel to and from school and between schools;
    • (ii) Travel in and around school buildings; and
    • (iii) Specialized equipment (such as special or adapted buses, lifts, and ramps), if required to provide special transportation for a child with a disability.
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