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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Safe playground equipment and other products.
Council of Chief State School Officers
Environmental Protection Agency
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
A US Department of Education web site that describes a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
Maternal and Child Health Bureau; Health Resources and Services Administration
Includes programs, data and resources on health and safety issues for school children.
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (US Department of Transportation)
Information on child safety restraint systems, training for child passenger safety technicians, and on laws and regulations governing transporting children. The "Child Passenger Safety" pages include information on transporting children with disabilities, and school bus safety.
National School Boards Association
Includes sample school policies (including health-related), resources for school attorneys, school governance, and advocacy.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
US Department of Agriculture
National school lunch program and school breakfast program regulations.
US Department of Education
US Department of Education - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
US Department of Education - Office of Civil Rights
Provides information on Section 504
US Department of Education - Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Includes publications on effective violence and substance abuse prevention programs.
US Department of Education - Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
US Department of Education
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US Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act
Information and technical assistance on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
US Department of Labor, Family and Medical Leave Act
Information about employee eligibility, employee/employer notification responsibilities, and employee rights and benefits.
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0-02 - School policies consistent with laws

Ensure that district health, mental health, food service, and safety policies and procedures are congruent with federal, state, and local regulations as well as with current case law concerning school health and safety.


The magnitude of case law concerning school health and safety provides evidence of the importance of policies and procedures that are consistent with laws and regulations. Keeping school health- and safety-related policies congruent with the law is one important way for schools to maintain a high standard of quality for matters related to the safety and health of students and staff.


State departments of health and education have a responsibility to ensure that local jurisdictions are aware of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and legal actions that shape and modify local school health and safety policies and practices. Resources are available to schools and school districts that are designed to help identify areas of legal concern. Organizations sponsoring such resources include the National Association of State Boards of Education, Council of Chief State School Officers, National School Boards Association, and state and federal departments of education.

Up-to-date information about changes in federal law and regulations relevant to school health and safety are often available from federal agencies. These include: Department of Education (e.g., Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Office for Civil Rights), Department of Health and Human Services (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture (e.g., National School Lunch Program; School Breakfast Program regulations), Consumer Product Safety Commission, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Labor (including Occupational Safety and Health Administration).


Bogden JF. Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: A School Health Policy Guide. Alexandria, VA: National Association of State Boards of Education; 2000.

US Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. Food Code. Washington DC: Food and Drug Administration; 2001. Available at:


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