School Health Program
The School Health
Program is the oldest program of public health services in Pennsylvania,
with responsibilities predating 1895. The School Health Program
facilitates the healthy growth and development of children of school age
in Pennsylvania. The School Health Program serves all children of
school age attending public, private and non-public schools in
Pennsylvania. This program prevents and detects health problems, and
maintains and improves the health status of students.
health programs and services impact on the health status and well-being
of more than 1.9 million school age children in the Commonwealth’s
public and non-public schools.
The School Health Program
is responsible for providing technical assistance, training, and
coordination of programs and services to schools, parents, and the
community at large regarding school health programs and services. This
is accomplished in several ways:
1. Comprehensive Website -
The pages of this website provide links to pertinent
laws/regulations, Department of Health guidance, current medical
recommendations/standards, educational opportunities, grant
opportunities and additional resources related to school health
Directory for School Health Calls - School
Health issues are shared by several Departments (for example,
Agriculture, Education, Health, and Public Welfare). This directory
provides phone numbers and webpages for the correct Department to answer
frequent school health questions.
3. School Health Consultants Contact Information - Questions and concerns related to school health should be directed to these nurses. Questions regarding immunizations and suspected communicable disease outbreaks should be directed to your Department of Health District Office, State Health Center or County/Municipal Health Department.
4. 2015 Recommended Essential References for all School Health Offices
Updated: February 5, 2016