Program Components

  • The district's school health services program shall meet, or have a plan to meet, the following requirements: (Health and Safety Code 124174.6)

    1. Strive to provide a comprehensive set of services including medical, oral health, mental health, health education, and related services in response to community needs

    2. Provide primary and other health care services, provided or supervised by a licensed professional, which may include all of the following:

    a. Physical examinations, immunizations, and other preventive medical services

    b. Diagnosis and treatment of minor injuries and acute medical conditions

    c. Management of chronic medical conditions

    d. Basic laboratory tests

    e. Referrals to and follow-up for specialty care

    f. Reproductive health services

    g. Nutrition services

    h. Mental health services, provided or supervised by an appropriately licensed mental health professional, which may include assessments, crisis intervention, counseling, treatment, and referral to a continuum of services including emergency psychiatric care, community support programs, inpatient care, and outpatient programs. The Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with the county mental health department in planning and service delivery.

    i. Oral health services that may include preventive services, basic restorative services, and referral to specialty services

    3. Work in partnership with the school nurse, if one is employed by the school or district, to provide:

    a. Individual and family health education

    b. School or districtwide health promotion

    c. First aid and administration of medications

    d. Facilitation of student enrollment in health insurance programs

    e. Screening of students to identify the need for physical, mental, and oral health services

    f. Referral and linkage to services not offered on-site

    g. Public health and disease surveillance

    h. Emergency response procedures

    4. Have a written contract or memorandum of understanding between the district and the health care provider or any other community provider that ensures coordination of services, confidentiality of health information consistent with applicable federal and state laws, and integration of services into the school environment

    5. Serve all students in the school regardless of ability to pay

    6. Be open during all normal school hours, except that services may be provided on a more limited basis if resources are not available or on a more expansive basis if dictated by community needs and resources are available

    7. Establish protocols for referring students to outside services when the school health center is closed

    8. Facilitate transportation between the school and the health center if the health center is not located on school or district property