Health Services

school nurse photoHealth Services are services provided for students to assess, protect, and promote health. Research shows that children learn better and experience school success more readily if their health needs are addressed. Comprehensive, high quality health services on-site at the school or through an effective referral system to the community leads to student achievement, improved test scores, increased attendance, and engagement in learning.

Health Services Professionals

Qualified professionals such as physicians, nurses, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel provide these health services to:

  • ensure access or referral to primary health care services or both,
  • foster appropriate use of primary health care services,
  • prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems,
  • provide emergency care for illness or injury,
  • promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and
  • provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health.

    Health Services Requirements

    The health services that are provided in Rhode Island schools are guided by the RI Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs. These regulations apply to both public and non-public schools. Required services include screenings, records review, acute care, chronic disease management, and health risk prevention.


    RI School Nurse Teacher Toolkit

    School health education, health services, and school environment are guided by the RI Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs. These regulations apply to all public and non-public schools. These regulations are jointly promulgated by the Departments of Education and Health, and are periodically updated to align with new statutes, best practices, and emerging issues.

    The Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Immunization and Communicable Disease Testing in Preschool, School, Colleges or Universities are established for the purpose of adopting standards pertaining to requirements for immunizations and testing of communicable diseases for child care workers in preschools and students at any preschool or school in grades Kindergarten-12 and students entering colleges and universities in Rhode Island.

    According to the Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Reporting of Infectious, Environmental and Occupational Diseases licensed healthcare professionals and healthcare agencies are required to report selected communicable diseases to the Rhode Island Department of Health. In addition to reporting individual cases, outbreaks of disease should be reported as indicated.

    RI School Health Manual Model Guidelines – Coming Soon!

    For frequently asked questions (FAQs) about school health and RI regulations, click here.

    The Rhode Island School Nurse Teachers Infectious Disease Reference Manual provides school nurse teachers and school personnel with the information necessary to educate children and their families about infectious diseases and promote activities conducive to the control and prevention of these diseases.

    The All Grades School Nurse Teacher Certificate is valid for assignment as an All Grades School Nurse Teacher and as an All Grades Health teacher in grades PK - 12 in Rhode Island public schools.

    Student health and dental cards with instructions are available at the following links:

    For additional information and for RI school nurse teacher access to the online reporting form, see Oral Health Information for Teachers & Schools.

    For additional information contact:

    Midge Sabatini, Ed.D.                             Patricia Raymond, R.N., M.P.H.

    RI Department of Education                    RI Department of Health

    401-222-8952                                          401-222-5921