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School Health State Law & Regulations


The Pennsylvania Department of Health has both statutory and regulatory responsibilities for the administration of the statewide school health program. The Health Department prescribes the technical content of the School Health Program. The Division of School Health in the Bureau of Community Health Systems monitors and evaluates school districts’ compliance with State laws, regulations, and policies; provides consultation and technical assistance to districts to support and improve health programs and services; develops policy, procedures, guidelines and adopts records and report forms to support and facilitate the efficient operation, administration and evaluation of the school health program; and fosters state and local cooperation and coordination of programs and services.

The Division of School Health maintains collaborative efforts with other departments, organizations and local programs to improve health services in schools, minimize duplication of services and facilitate access to primary and preventive care. The Division also fosters the development of coordinated school health programs that strengthen the educational process by maintaining and improving the health status of children and by promoting healthy educational practices and environments.  


Last Updated: October 7, 2013


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