Massachusetts: Health Policies

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

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

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

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

State law addresses providing professional development to all school nurses.

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

State law encourages SROs to complete specialized training to meet the safety needs of the school environment or requires training in selected schools only.

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

State law requires districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.

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

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

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

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

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

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

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

State law addresses state-level technical assistance.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

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.

State law encourages districts to establish transportation plans or policies that address bus driver safety training.

State law allows waivers for religious or moral reasons.

State law addresses vaccinations.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law recommends that school districts adopt local wellness policies.

State law requires creation of health or wellness council at the district-level.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law requires creation of health or wellness council at the state-level.

State law addresses Coordinated School Health, but not WSCC.

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