State law, regulation, or district policy addresses the development of school-based health centers or clinics, even if only through a grant program on some campuses.
Mississippi Code 37-13-131. Administration of program; Office of Comprehensive School Health Education; curriculum components.
(3) The Comprehensive School Health Education Program shall encompass four (4) interdependent components: (a) health education; (b) health service; (c) physical education and fitness; and (d) a healthful school environment.
Mississippi Code 37-13-134. Comprehensive School Health Education Program.
(3) Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Department of Health, shall have the authority to establish a school health pilot program to improve student health so that all students can fully participate and be successful in school. The school health pilot program shall be implemented in local school districts, as provided in Section 37-13-134.1
Mississippi Code 37-13-134.1. School health grant pilot program; purpose; components of implementation plan.
(1) Subject to available funding, the State Department of Education, in consultation with the State Department of Health, shall establish the school health grant pilot program to improve student health by assisting local school districts in implementing a school health program. In order to qualify for a school health grant, a school district shall submit a detailed implementation plan, developed in accordance with the guidelines for a school health program developed by the State Department of Education, and including the following components:
- (a) A dedicated school health coordinator and technical and administrative support for collection of data and program evaluation.
- (b) A description of how the school district currently addresses physical activity, nutrition, and other obesity prevention measures.
- (c) A description of how the school district would use the state grant to augment what it is currently doing, including defining priorities based on the students' health need and meeting education performance indicators, developing an action plan for addressing those needs based on realistic goals and measurable objectives, establishing a timeline for implementation, and developing and maintaining a system to evaluate progress and outcomes for the program.
- (d) All school districts receiving grants will report annually to the State Department of Education progress towards the achievement of state education performance indicators and Standard and requirements relating to physical activity and nutrition.
Mississippi School Nurse Procedures & Standard of Care
COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL-BASED CLINICS This model represents generally comprehensive, full-service school-based health clinics, complete on-site with all providers on call (i.e., nurse practitioners, physicians, counselors, social workers, etc.), although some staff may not be housed in the school on a full-time basis. Some of the school-based clinics have a direct relationship with the local hospital system.