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Why School Health Servies are Important

Why are School Health Services important?

To provide emergency care for illness or injury while at school, to ensure that all students get appropriate referrals to health care providers, to monitor for and control the spread of communicable disease, to provide education and counseling in a variety of health and wellness topics, to serve as a medical resource in the development of policies and procedures in the school.

What are the state requirements concerning School Health Services?

The state requires local school boards to have written policies and procedures to provide immediate emergency care for students and school personnel. The local school boards are allowed but not required to appoint a school nurse. A school nurse must be an RN and be licensed in the state of NH. If no nurse is available, there must be at least one person with current certification in first aid and CPR.

Additional laws and rules relating to immunizations, medication administration, reportable diseases, etc., can be viewed at the links below.

What resources are available?

The links below contain a variety of sites that contain information relating to nursing, schools, and services available to families. Please check back as we continue to revise and expand this section.

What are the best practices regarding School Health Services?

Standards of care can be found on the Web site for the National Association of School Nurses.

How can I learn more about School Health Services?

Check out the Department of Education School Health Services Web site.


New Hampshire Department of Education
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Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711