Some health services are required for all students by California Education Code or Health and Safety Code, and others are required for certain students as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These services are typically provided by school personnel, such as school nurses, but they may be provided by other staff depending on the level of service and related legal or credentialing requirements.
The primary mandated school health services are:
- Special education related services
- School-based prescription medication administration, vision, hearing, and Scoliosis screening
Read a List of Mandated Health Services.
See this summary of selected California Education Code and California Health and Safety Code.
New Epilepsy Medication Law
California has recently passed SB 161: Schools Emergency Administration of Epilepsy Medication. SB 161 authorizes school districts to train employees to administer an emergency antiseizure medication to pupils with epilepsy who are suffering a seizure when a registered nurse or licensed vocational nurse is not available and with permission from the parent or guardian. Employee volunteers are required to receive emergency medical training before being allowed to administer the medication. The California Department of Education has developed these training standards and these frequently asked questions. Resources are also available from the California School Nurses Organization. The bill’s provisions will remain in effect until Jan. 1, 2017.