New Online State School Health Policy Collection Available from State Policymakers Group.Business Editors/Education Writers
ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 16, 2003
A national database of state school health policies is now online through the work of the National Association of State Boards state boards Examinations administered by a US state board of medical examiners to license a physician in a particular state; these examinations play an ever-decreasing role in state medical licensure, as these bodies now rely on standardized national examinations of Education. The collection includes legal codes, rules, standards, administrative orders An order covering traffic, supplies, maintenance, evacuation, personnel, and other administrative details. , mandates, resolutions, guidelines guidelines,
n.pl a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks. , and other means of exercising authority in key areas of school health.
"This is the first national database that brings into one place state policies on a variety of school health topics. Education decision makers and school practitioners will be able to easily access brief summaries and the full text of their own state's policies and compare their policies with those of other states. We expect that this tool will help states learn from each other and share exemplary policies," said Brenda Welburn, NASBE NASBE National Association of State Boards of Education Executive Director.
Policy profiles of all fifty states can be accessed at www.nasbe.org/HealthySchools. Hyperlinks to the actual policies are integrated into the concise policy descriptions wherever possible--the vast majority have active links--and policy adoption dates are noted.
NASBE's policy collection effort is designed to complement the School Health Policies and Programs Study 2000 (SHPPS SHPPS School Health Policies and Programs Study ) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). The initial set of school health topics for the policy collection reflects priority areas of NASBE and DASH and includes:
-- General health education requirements;
-- HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. , STD (Subscriber Trunk Dialing) Long distance dialing outside of the U.S. that does not require operator intervention. STD prefix codes are required and billing is based on call units, which are a fixed amount of money in the currency of that country. , and pregnancy prevention requirements;
-- Tobacco use prevention requirements;
-- Asthma management and school medications policies;
-- School health staff qualifications;
-- School health program coordination policies; and
-- School records confidentiality requirements.
To help provide contextual information, the database also includes key federal laws regarding school health and guidance on the challenges of comparing policies among states, a glossary of definitions and terms, and sample policies drawn from NASBE's publications, Someone at School has AIDS: A Complete Guide to Education Policies Concerning HIV Infection and Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: A School Health Policy Guide.
NASBE represents America's state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking pol·i·cy·mak·ing or pol·i·cy-mak·ing
High-level development of policy, especially official government policy.
Of, relating to, or involving the making of high-level policy: ; advocate equality of access to educational opportunity; promote excellence in the education of all students; and assure responsible lay governance of education.