Alabama: Health Policies

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State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in elementary grade levels (K-8).

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State law requires the provision of school counseling or guidance services in secondary grade levels (9-12).

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State law requires that school meals meet USDA nutrition standards.

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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

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State law addresses providing professional development to all school nurses.

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State law requires or recommends that all school nurses be properly certified by the state.

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State law addresses aspects of traditional school-based health services (noted below), but does not formalize a program to aid in the establishment of clinics or health centers on campus for students. Health services provided for may:• Establish a school health board to govern school district health services• Set qualifications and certification required for physicians and health professionals providing school-based health services• Provide financial support for school-based health services• Address community involvement and/or partnership with school-based health services• Provide details as to the type of services provided

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State laws encourages districts to establish school-community partnerships to address student needs.

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State law requires districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.

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State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to support implementation of counseling, psychological, and social services.

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State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to promote positive social and emotional climate.

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State law does not require districts to adopt search and seizure policies or rules.

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State law requires districts to adopt suicide prevention policies.

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State law requires teaching knowledge, attitudes, and skills for making health-promoting decisions and healthy behaviors.

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State law requires that time for PE in elementary school meets National Standards (150 min/week).

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State law recommends that time for PE in middle school that meets National Standards (225 min/week).

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State law prohibits any smoking or use of tobacco products on school grounds when students are present and/or requires districts to adopt tobacco-free school policies that address some CDC components.

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State law addresses bus safety equipment by authorizing the use of either stop-arm cameras or the installation of school bus seat belts.

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State law requires districts to establish transportation plans or policies addressing bus driver safety training.

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State law allows waivers for religious or moral reasons.

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State law addresses vaccinations.

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State law addresses Coordinated School Health, but not WSCC.

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