13A.05.05.10

.10 School Health Services Standards — Health Facilities.

A. Health Suite.

(1) School buildings constructed or renovated and occupied after January 1, 1993 shall provide a handicapped-accessible space that, at a minimum, includes space for waiting, examination and treatment, storage, and resting. There shall be a separate room for private consultation and for use as a designated school health services professional's office. Toilets, a lavatory, and a telephone shall be in the health suite. Locked file cabinets shall be available for storing health records and for medications.

(2) Schools occupied before January 1, 1993 shall provide space for use as the designated school health professional's office and shall meet the standards in §A(1), above, to the maximum extent possible. At a minimum, a lavatory and a telephone shall be easily accessible. Locked file cabinets shall be available for storing health records and for medications.

(3) A designated school health services professional shall be involved at the local level in the planning of health areas in new schools and in the modernization of old schools. A designated school health services professional at the State level shall be available as necessary for consultation.

B. Screening Facilities.

(1) A room shall be provided for hearing screening tests. This room shall meet the following criteria:

(a) The screening room shall be as quiet as possible;

(b) Areas near fans or air conditioners, hall traffic, playground or street traffic, group activities, bathrooms, lunchrooms, office equipment, refrigerators, or snack machines shall be avoided;

(c) Excess noise, such as talking, paper shuffling, and moving furniture, shall be avoided;

(d) The room shall be uncluttered and free of visual distractions.

(2) Space and lighting requirements for the specific vision test used shall be made available.