Pennsylvania - School-based health services: Policy requirement

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

The Pennsylvania Code § 23.1. Required health services.

School districts and joint school boards shall provide the following health services for children of school age who are attending or who should attend an elementary, grade or high school, either public or private, and children who are attending a kindergarten which is an integral part of a local school district:

  • (1) Medical examinations.
  • (2) Dental examinations.
  • (3) Vision screening tests.
  • (4) Hearing screening tests.
  • (5) Threshold screening tests.
  • (6) Height and weight measurements.
  • (7) Maintenance of medical and dental records.
  • (8) Tuberculosis tests.
  • (9) Special examinations.

    The Pennsylvania Code § 23.78. Coordinate the school health program with community programs.

School nurses shall work with school health councils and community groups to coordinate the school health program with community health programs and to develop needed health services. This includes work with private physicians, dentists, and dental hygienists to coordinate private medical and dental examinations with the school program.

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