Maine - School-based health services: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law addresses the development of school-based health centers or clinics, even if only through a grant program on some campuses.

Code of Maine Rules 05-071-125 Basic Approval Standards : Public Schools and School Administrative Units

10.01 School Health Services

A) Each school administrative unit shall provide school health services that meet all applicable statutory requirements and rules of the Department and the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • (1) Each child, in order to enroll in school or to be allowed to remain in school, shall be in compliance with provisions of Me. Dept. of Ed. Reg. 126 and Me. Dept. of Hum. Svc. Reg. 261. The Superintendent of the school administrative unit shall keep immunization records as part of each student's confidential education records.
  • (2) Each child shall be screened periodically for vision and hearing deficiencies by designated school personnel. Exceptions on religious grounds shall be in accordance with Maine law.
  • (3) Each child in grades 5-8 shall be screened for scoliosis in accordance with Me. Dept. of Hum. Svc. Reg. 281 by designated school personnel. Exceptions on religious, moral, philosophical, or personal grounds shall be in accordance with Maine law.

B) The school administrative unit shall inform the parent of a student suffering from a health problem.

C) Each school administrative unit shall adopt a policy regarding the administration of medications to students and shall train all unlicensed personnel who administer medications, in compliance with rules of the Commissioner.


Maine Revised Statutes 22 MRS 1511. Fund for a Healthy Maine established

6. Health promotion purposes. Allocations are limited to the following prevention and health promotion purposes:

  • A. Smoking prevention, cessation and control activities, including, but not limited to, reducing smoking among the children of the State;
  • A-1. Prevention, education and treatment activities concerning unhealthy weight and obesity;
  • B. Prenatal and young children’s care including home visits and support for parents of children from birth to 6 years of age;
  • C. Child care for children up to 15 years of age, including after-school care;
  • D. Health care for children and adults, maximizing to the extent possible federal matching funds;
  • E. Prescription drugs for adults who are elderly or disabled, maximizing to the extent possible federal matching funds;
  • F. Dental and oral health care to low-income persons who lack adequate dental coverage;
  • G. Substance abuse prevention and treatment; and
  • H. Comprehensive school health and nutrition programs, including school-based health centers.

Source: Maine State Legislature

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