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Health Services

Health Services are services provided for students to assess, protect, and promote health. Research shows that children learn better and experience school success more readily if their health needs are addressed.

Comprehensive, high quality health services on-site at the school or through an effective referral system to the community leads to student achievement, improved test scores, increased attendance, and engagement in learning.

Health Services Professionals

Qualified professionals such as physicians, nurses, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel provide these health services to:

  • ensure access or referral to primary health care services or both,
  • foster appropriate use of primary health care services,
  • prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems,
  • provide emergency care for illness or injury,
  • promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and
  • provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health.

Health Services Requirements

The health services that are provided in Rhode Island schools are guided by the School Health Programs (216-RICR-20-10-4 (See the frequently asked questions - FAQs - about the school health regulations). These regulations apply to both public and non-public schools. Required services include screenings, records review, acute care, chronic disease management, and health risk prevention.

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