The Standards of Practice: School Health Services Manual is designed to provide guidance to school administrators and school nurses in the development, implementation and evaluation of school health services.
In June 2009, the Vermont Departments of Health and Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to link and optimize the efficiency of the efforts of our two departments in providing school health services. This manual is a product of our cooperative effort.
The Standards were developed using best practice recommendations from the Vermont Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Academy of Family Practitioners, the Vermont State School Nurse Association, Vermont Medical Society, Vermont State Board of Nursing, and the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program.
Through a process coordinated between the Departments of Health and Education, the manual will be continuously reviewed and updated by the School Health Standards of Practice Committee, a subcommittee of the Joint School Health Committee.
Please contact us with any questions.
The Manual is divided into sections. You can download or print these documents.
Each section includes:
- a statement of purpose
- authorization and legal references with active links
- school nurse roles
- local and national resources with active links
- most recent review date
Manual by Section
Documents are PDF format unless otherwise noted.
- Cover & Introduction
- Adult Health Services
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Communicable Disease
- Coordinated School Health
- Drug, Alcohol & Tobacco Use
- Emergency/Disaster Preparedness
- Environmental Health
- Evaluation of Health Services
- First Aid
- Health Appraisal of Students
- Health Education
- Medical/Dental Home
- Out of State Field Trips: Medication and Procedures
- Field Trip Emergency Information and Medical Form
- Medication Administration Training in the School Setting Form
- Medication Incident Report
- Medication Procedure
- Verbal Medical Order Form
- Comprehensive Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention
- Naloxone Training Resources
- Mental Health
- School Health Services Practice
- School Health Screenings Memo (Nov. 2015)
- Students with Special Health Needs
SHSPC consists of 5 school nurses, the Vermont Department of Health’s School Nurse Consultant, the Vermont State School Nurse Association President, as well as a Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatrician and Health Educator.
JSHC consists of professional staff from the Department of Health and Agency of Education, as well as representatives from such groups as, an institution of higher education, the Vermont State Board of Nursing, the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Vermont State School Nurses' Association, the Vermont Medical Society, the Vermont Principals' Association, the Vermont Superintendents Association, the Vermont School Boards Association, and the University of Vermont's Vermont Child Health Improvement Program.
Questions, comments, or suggestions about the Vermont School Health Website, email: SchoolHealth@vermont.gov
For information about statewide programs or policies administered at the local level, please contact your nearby Health Department District Office.