School Health Services|Policies and Practices|Standards

Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs 4th Edition. These national standards represent the best evidence, expertise, and experience in the country on quality health and safety practices and policies that should be followed in today’s early care and education settings. (The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (April 2019)

CDC Healthy Schools School Health Services
Resources for school health services staff on preventive care such as screening, as well as acute and emergency care. Includes information on chronic health conditions, and care coordination. (CDC 5/201
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Healthy Students, Promising Futures-State and Local Action Steps and Practices to Improve School-Based Health-Provides a toolkit for administrators with resources to implement strategies and programs related to health services in ensuring all students are ready and able to learn. (U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services 1/16/16)

Local Health Department and School Partnerships Working Together to Build Healthier Schools
Partnerships and collaboration with community agencies are essential to helping schools secure the resources and support necessary to address the components of the WSCC model. Local health departments (LHDs) are one of the community agencies that can be a key partner in school- and district-level efforts to strengthen various aspects of student and staff wellness. 

School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS)- CDC assessment of school health policies and practices in the US. It assesses the 8 components of school health at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Schools can use SHPPS data to evaluate their own school health policies and practices against state and national averages in developing and implementing programs or strategies which support healthy youth and learning environments.

Speaking Education's Language: A Guide For Public Health Professionals working in the Education Sector. Public health professionals are experts who are often not familiar with the systems, structure, language, policies, and priorities in schools. This guide provides a roadmap for effective collaboration. 

State School Health Policy Database
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) overview of state-level school health policies for Health Education, Physical Activity and Physical Education, Nutrition Environment and ServicesHealth Services, including a direct link to the policy (National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

Page Updated 09/16/21