2017 Maryland Code
Division II - Elementary and Secondary Education
Title 7 - Public Schools
Subtitle 4 - Health and Safety of Students
§ 7-401. School health program

Universal Citation: MD Educ Code § 7-401 (2017)
  • (a) Duty of county board. -- With the assistance of the county health department, each county board shall provide:
    • (1) Adequate school health services;
    • (2) Instruction in health education, including the importance of physical activity in maintaining good health; and
    • (3) A healthful school environment.
  • (b) Development of public standards and guidelines. -- The Department of Education and the Maryland Department of Health jointly shall:
    • (1) Develop public standards and guidelines for school health programs; and
    • (2) Offer assistance to the county boards and county health departments in their implementation.
  • (c) Designation of a school health services program coordinator. --
    • (1)
      • (i) Each county board shall designate a school health services program coordinator.
      • (ii) A county board may authorize the county health department to designate the school health services program coordinator.
    • (2) The school health services program coordinator shall:
      • (i) Implement State and local health policies in the public schools;
      • (ii) Ensure that public schools adhere to local health services guidelines; and
      • (iii) Communicate State and local health policies to the parents and guardians of public school students.
    • (3)
      • (i) Except as provided in subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, the county board shall grant the school health services program coordinator the authority to carry out the provisions of this subsection.
      • (ii) The county board shall consult with a county superintendent before any change in the hiring or termination of personnel in connection with a school health services program.
    • (4) The Department of Education shall conduct at least two meetings annually with all school health services program coordinators in the State.
  • (d) Reports. -- On or before December 1, 2015, and every 5 years thereafter, the Department shall report to the Governor and, subject to ยง 2-1246 of the State Government Article, to the General Assembly a summary of the information reported to the State Superintendent during the COMAR certification process.
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