The American Academy of Pediatrics lists seven goals of a school health program.
- Goal 1 - Ensure access to primary health care
- Goal 2 - Provide a system for dealing with crisis medical situations
- Goal 3 - Provide mandated screening and immunization monitoring.
- Goal 4 - Provide systems for identification and solution of students' health and educational problems.
- Goal 5 - Provide comprehensive and appropriate health education.
- Goal 6 - Provide a healthful and safe school environment that facilitates learning.
The Council on School Health defines school health as an integration of wellness, safety, growth, learning, and development in the lives of school-aged children and adolescents within the context of their school, and with the coordinated alliance of the family and the medical home.
Most school health services are under the auspices of the credentialed school nurse.
The SDCOE Coordinator, School Nursing provides school health services support to schools and school districts. Other SDCOE programs and services offer additional school health program resources.