The school health and safety team is a component of a systematic process that encourages collaboration, joint planning, and training among school staff who share responsibility for implementing general health and safety programs as well as students' individualized health and safety plans.
The school health and safety team is separate and different from an advisory council
0-05), although many staff may be members of both. Whereas the school or district
advisory council recommends policy and programmatic issues to school or district
administrators, it cannot determine the day-to-day processes required to implement
programs at the school level. This is the role of the school health and safety
team along with the school's health and safety coordinator (Guideline
0-04). Working with site administrators, team members can also ensure that
everyone in the school community knows about the coordination and how to contribute.
In addition to coordinating all components of health and safety programs at a
school, the school's health and safety team coordinates how health- and safety-related
accommodations for each student with special needs will be implemented once the
Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team or other multidisciplinary student
assistance team (Guideline
4-01) has determined necessary measures to take.
Members of a school health and safety team should include people with responsibility
for a wide variety of health- and safety-related school services. Members may
be representatives of school administration, nursing, social services, mental
health and counseling assessment and services, physical education, health education,
substance abuse prevention and intervention, food services, audiology, oral health,
special education and special services (including personnel responsible for compliance
with Disabilities Education Act(PP-ii) and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act), occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, medical
consultation, school based health centers (where applicable), staff wellness,
health promotion programs, transportation, security, and building maintenance.
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