Arkansas - School nurse availability: Standard

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statute; regulation

State law addresses school nurses in one of the following ways:• At least 1 nurse will be available throughout the district, but not in every school• At least 1 nurse will be available, but not across all grades• School nurses are available on campus, but not every day or not at all times during the school day• School district is required to employ a school nurse, but not each individual school

2017 Arkansas Code 6-18-706. School nurse

(1) Beginning with the 2004-2005 school year, all school districts shall have no fewer than the full-time equivalent of one (1) school nurse per seven hundred fifty (750) students or the proportionate ratio thereof.

Arkansas 005 19 CARR 007 Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts


D/P 16.03.1 : Each school district shall have a health services program under the direction of a licensed nurse. The program shall include screening, referral, and follow-up procedures for all students.

S/C 16.03.2: Each school shall provide facilities, equipment, and materials necessary for operation of a school health services program.

S/C 16.03.3: The school health services program shall provide and maintain current health appraisal records for all students in accordance with guidelines developed by the Department.

S/C 16.03.4: Each school shall take proper measures to ensure the safety of its students and protect against injuries which may occur in or on the school facilities or site.

S/C 16.03.5: In accordance with Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-1005, health services shall include but not be limited to: (1) Students with special health care needs, including the chronically ill, medically fragile, technology dependent, and students with other health impairments shall have an Individualized Healthcare Plan. (2) Invasive medical procedures required by students and provided at school shall be performed by trained, licensed personnel who are licensed to perform the task; the regular classroom teacher shall not perform these tasks. (3) Custodial Healthcare services required by students under an Individualized Healthcare Plan shall be provided by trained school employees other than the regular classroom teachers.

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