Maine - School nurse availability: Standard

Policy Type: 
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

Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 15679. Student-staff ratio

A. For the elementary school level and the middle school level:

  • (5) The student-to-health staff ratio is 800:1

Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 15672 Definitions

12. Health Staff. “Health staff” means full-time equivalent public school nurses, as documented in the department’s database.

Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 15679. Student-staff ratio

B. For the high school level:

  • (5)The student-to-health staff ratio is 800:1

Code of Maine Rules 05-071-125 Basic Approval Standards

Each school board shall appoint, annually, a school physician to advise the school board on school health issues, policies, and practices. The school physician may examine and diagnose but not treat students or employees unless it is necessary to protect the health of the students in the school administrative unit. Each school board shall appoint a certified school nurse to supervise and coordinate health services for the unit. The school board may contract for the services of qualified school medical personnel.
Department of Education

Maine Revised Statutes 20-A 6403 School nurse

Each school board shall appoint at least one school nurse for the school administrative unit.

1. Duties. The school nurse shall supervise and coordinate the health services and health-related activities required by this Title.

2. Other functions. The school nurse shall also perform such other health-related activities as are assigned by the school board.

3. Appointment. To fulfill the role of school nurse, the school board shall appoint a registered professional nurse who meets any additional certification requirements established by the state board.

4. Special contract for services. The school board may provide school nurse services through special agreements with a public health agency. All nurses who serve as school nurses under those agreements shall be registered professional nurses who meet applicable certification requirements.

5. Guidelines. The commissioner shall issue guidelines on the provision of school health services and health-related activities.

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