School health services play a vital role in health outcomes for children. The Vermont Department of Health, in collaboration with the Agency of Education, are working to optimize the efficiency in providing School Health Services, including:
State School Nurse Consultant
Sharonlee Trefry MSN, RN, NCSN
Vermont Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Division
Other School Health Service Information
Legislation has changed regarding School Health Screening under Sec. 31. 16 V.S.A. § 1422. This change is taking place to assure that all school health related screenings are aligned with current research and the best practice recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The only required, population-based, school health screening is for hearing and vision. Use the link to view a chart indicating what grades should be screened. No other population-based screenings are required nor recommended in the school setting.
Act No. 58, § 40of 2011, Act No. 171, § 39a of 2011 , and Act No. 68, § 2 of 2013 which are codified in 16 V.S.A. § 1431, direct the AOE to develop guidelines to assist schools in taking reasonable steps to prevent, and to minimize the effects of school athletic team-related concussions. In the creation of these guidelines, the AOE has consulted with the Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Principals’ Association, and the Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust; we gratefully acknowledge their assistance.
The law requires that schools educate their coaches, their youth athletes, and the youth athletes’ parents and guardians regarding the prevention and mitigation concussion-related injuries. Under 16 V.S.A. § 1431, responsibility to ensure compliance with these guidelines falls on principals of public schools, and on heads of approved independent schools.
- Information on Allergy Management in Schools
- State Board of Education Policies on Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
- Information on School Entry Immunization
- Joint Vermont Department of Education and Department of Health memo regarding immunizations