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Curriculum and Instruction
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Health Education
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

Mandate: Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 15-701 (no date available) grants the Arizona State Board of Education authority to prescribe a minimum course of study and academic standards. Arizona Administrative Code R7-2-301 (1993) establishes the minimum course of study and competency goals for students, which includes health/physical education. The code does not specify grades, levels, or a minimum amount of instruction. Health education is not required for high school graduation.

Curriculum Content: The state adopted the Health Education Standards (2009), which includes the rationale, standards, and major content areas for comprehensive health education for local districts to use in developing their own curricula.

ARS 15-718 (2005) requires all school districts to incorporate skin cancer prevention into existing health education curricula.

State Assessment Requirement: None.

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Physical Education
     Last Updated: 7/16/2013

Mandate: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-301 (1993) establishes the minimum course of study and competency goals for students, which includes health/physical education. The code does not specify grades, levels, or a minimum amount of instruction.

ARS 15-2011 (no date available) requires school facility boards to address facilities for physical education when adopting rules that establish minimum school facility adequacy guidelines.
 
Exemptions: ARS 15-102 (no date available) allows for parents to withdraw a child from an activity, class or program if they object to any activity or learning material. ARS 15-346 (2010) provides flexibility in physical education activity requirements so that pupils with chronic health problems may participate in the regular physical education program to the extent that their health permits.
 
Curriculum Content: The state adopted the Physical Education Standards (2009), which includes the rationale, standards, and major content areas for physical education.
 
Physical Fitness Assessment: None.
Asthma Awareness Education
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

Asthma education is included in Standard 1 of the Health Education Standards (2009) for grades 1-3.

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Emotional, Social, and Mental Health Education
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

The Health Education Standards (2009) sets forth required content areas to be taught to students in grades K-12, but the state does not recommend or require any specific curricula.  Students in grades 3-5 are to be taught how to identify indicators of mental, emotional, social, and physical health during childhood. Students in grades 6-12 are to be taught the interrelationship of mental/psychological, emotional, social, and physical health. 

Character Education: ARS 15-719 (no date available) allows each school district to provide instruction in character development in grades K-12. The Statute prescribes a minimum course of study. ARS 15-154.01 (no date available) allows any public school that teaches character education to be eligible for a state matching grant up to $1500 annually. The school is then responsible to match the dollars from any lawful source. The Statute provides a detailed list of curriculum elements.

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HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

Mandate: These topics are not specifically required to be taught in Arizona schools or included in the state's  Health Education Standards (2009).

Curriculum Content: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-303 (1989) allows schools to "provide a specific elective lesson or lessons concerning sex education as a supplement to the health course of study" so long as they conform to a detailed set of requirements, including:

  • Sex education lessons must be approved by the local governing board after a public hearing process.
  • A representative advisory board must be established to assist in the development of lessons.
  • Lessons shall be taught to boys and girls separately at the K-8 level.
  • Lessons "shall not include tests, psychological inventories, surveys, or examinations containing any questions about the student's or his parents' personal beliefs or practices in sex, family life, morality, values or religion."
  • Materials and instruction shall "recognize local community standards and sensitivities, shall not include the teaching of abnormal, deviate, or unusual sexual acts and practicesshall stress that pupils should abstain from sexual intercourse until they are mature adults, promote honor and respect for monogamous heterosexual marriage; and advise pupils of Arizona law pertaining to the financial responsibilities of parenting, and legal liabilities related to sexual intercourse with a minor."

ARS 15-711 (no date available) says that, "All school districts with existing sex education curricula shall include instruction on the laws relating to sexual conduct with a minor for pupils in grades seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven and twelve."

ARS 15-716 (2002) describes minimum requirements for HIV/AIDS education, including that instruction must be medically accurate, promote abstinence, and dispel myths regarding the transmission of HIV. In addition, "instruction cannot promote a homosexual lifestyle, portray homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle, or suggest that some methods of sex are safe methods of homosexual sex." Additional instructional recommendations are included in the Model HIV Administrative Procedures for Schools (no date available), which is based on NASBE's Someone at School has AIDS.

Parental Approval: If a school district offers any sex education curricula, pursuant to section 15-711 or 15-716, SB1309 (2010) requires the governing board, in consultation with parents, teachers and administrators, to  develop procedures to (1) prohibit a school district from providing sex education instruction to a pupil unless the pupil's parent provides written permission for the child to participate in the sex education curricula and (2) procedures by which parents will be notified in advance of an given the opportunity to withdraw their children from any instruction or presentations regarding sexuality in courses other than formal sex education curricula.
 

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Nutrition Education
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

The state adopted the Health Education Standards (2009), which includes the rationale, standards, and major content areas for comprehensive health education that includes nutrition for local districts to use in developing their curricula. Standard 1 and 7 of the Standards provides instruction in identify healthy behaviors, describing accurate health information, and making healthy food choices for grades K-12. Schools are not, however, required to follow a specific curriculum.

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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Education
     Last Updated: 9/7/2010

Alcohol: ARS 15-712 (2002) permits the instruction on the harmful effects of alcohol in grades 4-12. The statute also allows instruction to include the harmful effects of alcohol on a human fetus in grades 6-12.

Tobacco: ARS 15-712 permits the instruction on the harmful effects of tobacco in grades 4-12. The statute also allows instruction to include the harmful effects of tobacco on a human fetus in grades 6-12.

Drugs: ARS 15-712 permits the instruction on the harmful effects of narcotic drugs, marijuana, date rape drugs, and other dangerous drugs in grades 4-12. The statute also allows instruction to include the harmful effects of drugs on a human fetus in grades 6-12.

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Injury and Violence Prevention Education
     Last Updated: 9/7/2010

Bullying/Harassment: Not specifically required.

Fighting/Gangs: Not specifically required.

Suicide and Other Self-Abuse Prevention: Not specifically required.

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Requirements for All Educators Regarding Health Education
     Last Updated: 8/27/2009

Professional Development: None specified. 

Pre-service requirement: The minimum degree requirement for prospective health teachers in elementary grades prior to licensure is a bachelor's degree, with no additional coursework in health. The specific details of initial licensure are outlined in State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-608 (2003). For prospective health teachers in middle or high school, a candidate must receive a passing score on at least one subject knowledge portion of the state assessment, in addition to a bachelor's degree. The specific details of licensure are outlined in State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-609 (2003).

Professional Development: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-617 (2003) requires all holders of a teaching certificate may renew their certificate upon the completion of 180 clock hours of a professional development program.

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Requirements for Health Educators
     Last Updated: 8/27/2009

Pre-service requirement: The minimum degree requirement for prospective health teachers in elementary grades prior to licensure is a bachelor's degree, with no additional coursework in health. The specific details of initial licensure are outlined in State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-608 (2003). For prospective health teachers in middle or high school, a candidate must receive a passing score on at least one subject knowledge portion of the state assessment, in addition to a bachelor's degree. The specific details of licensure are outlined in State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-609 (2003).

Professional Development: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-617 (2003) requires all holders of a teaching certificate may renew their certificate upon the completion of 180 clock hours of a professional development program.

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Requirements for Physical Educators
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

Pre-service Requirement: The Special Subject Area Endorsement (2008) requires a valid elementary, secondary or special education certificate, 30 hours or courses to include one course in the methods of teaching physical education at the elementary level, one course for the secondary level, and either twenty-four semester semester hours of courses in physical education content areas, a masters degree in physical education or a comparable certificate from the NBPTS.

Professional Development: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-617 (2003) requires all holders of a teaching certificate may renew their certificate upon the completion of 180 clock hours of a professional development program.

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Requirements for School Nurses
     Last Updated: 8/27/2009

Pre-service Requirement: State Board of Education Administrative Code R4-19-309 (2004) requires school nurses to obtain a school nurse certificate issued by the Department of Education. Certification requires a candidate to hold a current license as a professional nurse in Arizona. Licensure as a professional nurse requires the completion of an approved professional nursing program and the possession of a bachelor's degree as outlined in ARS 32-1632 (2002).

Professional Development: None specified.

Student-to-Nurse Ratio: None specified.

Requirements for Non-Certified Personnel to Administer Medication
     Last Updated: 6/16/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.

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Requirements for School Counselors
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

Pre-service Requirement: The Arizona Guidance Counselor Certificate (2005) for grades K-12 requires, per R7-2-615 (2000), a minimum of a master's degree, completion of a graduate program in guidance and counseling, a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card, and completion of a practicum in school counseling or full-time experience in school counseling (two years) or teaching (three years).

Professional Development: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-617 (2003) requires the completion of 180 hours of professional development every six years of certificate renewal.

Student-to-Counselor Ratio: None specified.

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Requirements for School Psychologists
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

Pre-service Requirement: The Arizona School Psychologist Certificate (2006) for grades PreK-12 requires, per State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-615 (2000), a minimum of a master's degree, completion of a 60 credit hour graduate program in school psychology, a 1200 clock hour practicum with a minimum of 600 hours in a school setting, and a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card.

Professional DevelopmentState Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-617 requires the completion of 180 hours of professional development every six years of certificate renewal.

Student-to-Psychologist Ratio: None specified.

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Requirements for School Social Workers
     Last Updated: 3/4/2009

Pre-service Requirement: Minimum of a bachelor's degree in Social Work. The local education agency determines licensing requirements.

Professional Development Requirement: None specified.

Student-to-Social Worker Ratio: None specified.

Requirements for Food Service Personnel
     Last Updated: 3/4/2009

Pre-service Requirement: Contact the local health department for requirements.

Professional Development: None specified.

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Requirements for Athletic Coaches
     Last Updated: 8/27/2009

Pre-service Requirement: The Arizona Athletic Coaching Certificate 7-12 (2005) and State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-612 (2003) requires valid certification in first aid and CPR; the completion of 15 semester hours including 3 semester hours in the methods of coaching, anatomy and physiology, sports psychology, adolescent psychology, and the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries; 250 clock hours of verified coaching experience in the sport to be coached; and a valid fingerprint clearance card.

Professional Development: For renewal of an athletic coaching certificate, the Arizona Athletic Coaching Certificate 7-12 requires the completion of 60 clock hours in a professional development program and valid verification of first aid and CPR.

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Health Promoting Environment
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Wellness Policies
     Last Updated: 4/29/2012

Additional Accountability Requirements: None

Additional Content Requirements: None

Guidance Materials: The Department of Education has a Step-by-Step Guide designed to walk schools through the process of creating a wellness policy. The state has also provided information and links to its Healthy School Environment Model Policy (2005). 

Other: None

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School Meals Program
     Last Updated: 7/16/2013

Food Services: ARS 15-242 (2007) requires all elementary, middle and junior high schools to participate in the National School Lunch Program with the exception of schools with fewer than 100 pupils not currently participating in the program.

Adequate Time to Eat: No state policy.

School Breakfast: No state policy.

Food Allergies: No state policy. However  the Department of Health Services has a Resource Guide for Supporting Children with Life Threatening Food Allergies.

Farm-to-School: No state policy.

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Competitive Foods in School
     Last Updated: 8/22/2014

ARS 15-242 (2007) requires the Department of Education to develop nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold or served on the school grounds of elementary schools, middle schools and junior high schools during the normal school day.

 

The revised Arizona Nutrition Standards (2014) apply to all foods served or sold to students during the school day on the school campus in grades K-12.  They are aligned with USDA's Smart Snacks in Schools standards.   

 

Fundraising Exemptions:

As of July 1, 2014, all fundraisers must meet USDA's Smart Snacks standards.

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Physical Activity Other Than Physical Education
     Last Updated: 12/20/2010

General Physical Activity Requirement: No state policy.

Recess or Physical Activity Breaks
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Recess Before Lunch:
No state policy.

Walking/Biking to School: No state policy.

Organized Sports
     Last Updated: 10/23/2011

Interscholastic Athletics: ARS 15-705 (no date available) requires each governing board to adopt policies and procedures including minimum statewide requirements regarding pupil participation in extracurricular activities for pupils in grade 6-12. ARS 15-348 (no date available) allows common school students to participate in practice sessions of noncontact sports with secondary school students. ARS 15-347 (no date available) requires a governing board to take into consideration the cultural traditions of pupils when establishing rules regarding pupil participation in extracurricular school activities.

Concussion and Sports-Related Head Injury:  SB1521 (2011) requires the governing board of school districts to prescribe and enforce guidelines, information and forms regarding the risk of head injury and concussion to educate coaches, pupils and parents. The policy must require that the student and their parent or guardian sign an information form at least once each year about the nature and risk of concussion. In addition, it must require that a pupil who is suspected of sustaining a concussion in a practice, game or other interscholastic athletic activity be immediately removed. A team parent may remove his or her own child from play, along with a coach or licensed health care provider. A student may return to play on the same day if a health care provider rules out a suspected concussion at the time the pupil is removed from play. On a subsequent day, the student may return to play only if they have been evaluated and received written clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions and head injuries.  The statute also provides immunity from civil liability for a health care provider who is a volunteer and provides clearance to participate, except in cases of gross negligence or wanton or willful neglect. A school district and its employees and volunteers are also immune from civil liability for a person or organization’s failure or alleged failure to comply with the requirements. 

Automated External Defibrillator (AED): No state policy.

Safe and Drug-Free Schools
     Last Updated: 10/6/2008

Fighting/Gangs: No state policy.

Weapons: ARS 15-341 requires the governing board to prescribe and enforce policies and procedures that prohibit a person from carrying or possessing a weapon on school grounds, unless the person is a peace officer or has specific authorization from the school administrator.

ARS 13-3102 (no date available) states that any person who possess a deadly weapon on public or nonpublic school grounds is guilty of misconduct involving weapons, which is at least a class I misdemeanor. Exceptions to this law are in cases where prior approval for a school programs is granted or when a firearm is not loaded and that is carried within a means of transportation under the control of an adult, provided that if the adult leaves the means of transportation the firearm must not be visible from outside the means of transportation and said transportation must be locked.

ARS 15-841 (no date available) states that a pupil may be expelled for displaying or using a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon as well as using or possessing a gun.

Drugs and Alcohol: ARS 15-345 (no date available) allows the "school district governing board [to] adopt chemical abuse prevention policies and procedures in consultation with pupils, school district personnel and members of the community, including parents and local law enforcement agencies".

Collaboration with Law Enforcement: ARS 15-155 (no date available) states, "The department of education shall cooperate with the county school superintendent, the county sheriff, and the local chief of police to permit a law enforcement agency, with the consent of the school, to assign a peace officer to participate in the safe schools program in each school in the county".

ARS 15-341 requires the governing board in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and medical facilities to develop an emergency response plan for each school within the district.

Bullying, Harassment and Hazing
     Last Updated: 3/27/2012

Bullying/Harassment: ARS 15-341 (2005) requires the governing board to prescribe and enforce policies and procedures that prohibit pupils from harassing, intimidating or bullying other pupils on school grounds, on school property, on school buses, at school bus stops, and at school sponsored events and activities.The policy must include procedures for confidential reporting to school officials, a requirement that school district employees report suspected incidents, a formal process for the documentation of reports, a formal process for invetigagion of suspected incidences, disciplinary procedures for pupils who have admitted to or been found to have committed incidents, consequences for false reports of incidents, and procedures designed to protect the health and safety of pupils who are physically harmed as the result of incidents.

Cyberbullying: HB 2415 (2011) includes electronic techology or the use of electronic communication on school computers, networks, forums and mailing lists in the definition of bullying, harassment and intimidation.

Hazing: ARS 15-2301 (no date available) requires every institution of public education to adopt, post, and enforce a hazing prevention policy as outlined within this statute.

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Crisis Management/Emergency Response
     Last Updated: 3/4/2009

Response and Management Plans: ARS 15-341 (2005) requires the governing board, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies and medical facilities, to develop an emergency response plan for each school within the district.

Reporting Incidents of Violence: ARS 15-341 requires the governing board to "Report to law enforcement agencies any suspected crime against a person or property that is a serious offense or that involves a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, or serious physical injury and any conduct that poses a threat of death or serious physical injury to employees, students, or anyone on the property of the school". This statute also requires the governing board to prescribe and enforce policies and procedures requiring parents/guardians and school employees to report any suspected incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Tobacco Use
     Last Updated: 4/28/2008
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ARS 36-798.03 (2000) prohibits the use of tobacco on school grounds, in school buildings, in school parking lots or playing fields, in school buses or vehicles or at off-campus school sponsored events. Note: Arizona meets CDC's definition of a comprehensive tobacco-free schools policy.

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Air Quality
     Last Updated: 3/4/2009

Administrative Code R7-6-215 (2001) requires each general, science, and art classroom to have a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that is "capable of maintaining a CO2 (carbon dioxide level) of not more than 800 PPM above the ambient CO2 level (outside air)." 

ARS 15-2002 (no date available) requires the state school facilities board to provide information on improving and maintaining indoor environmental quality to school districts every two years.

Pesticide Use
     Last Updated: 3/4/2009

ARS 32-2307 (2002) requires schools to receive at least seventy-two hours notification from a certified pesticide applicator of the date and time application is to occur. Similarly, ARS 15-152 (2002) requires each school district in collaboration with the school staff, parents or guardians, a certified applicator, and a health professional to adopt a policy providing students and staff a minimum of forty-eight hours notice before applying pesticides onto school property. The policy also requires schools to adopt procedures for providing oral notification to pupils and employees during the regular school session, written notification to parents and guardians during the regular school session, and posting signs to identify pesticide application areas.

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Playground/Facility Safety
     Last Updated: 1/2/2006

No state policy.

Shared Use Agreements
     Last Updated: 4/14/2013

Statute 15-363 authorizes local boards of education to operate school buildings and grounds for community recreational use for youth. The local boards of education may determine times at which the school is open for recreational activities, including evening hours and vacation days and enter into contracts with other public recreation boards and agencies to support school recreation centers. Statute 15-364, in addition to authorizing agreements between counties, cities, towns and other school districts for the construction, development, cooperative maintenance, operation and use of parks and recreational facilities, authorizes expenditure of public monies for these purposes, including use of proceeds of bond issues in communities having a population of at least five hundred thousand persons.

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Student Services
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Screening for Health Conditions
     Last Updated: 6/25/2010

Vision and Hearing: No state policy.

Chronic Health Conditions: No state policy.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening: No state policy.

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Administration of Medications
     Last Updated: 7/18/2013

Staff Administration: ARS 15-344 (2002) gives school districts the responsibility of establishing policies and procedures regarding the administration of prescription medication to students by school employees. In the case of a minor student, administration of medications shall only occur upon the written or oral request or authorization of a parent or legal guardian. ARS 15-344.01 (2008) allows a school district governing board and the charter school governing body may adopt policies and procedures to designate two or more school employees to serve as voluntary diabetes care assistants. Care assistants may intervene if the following conditions have been met: (1) a school nurse or another health professional is not immediately available, (2) the parent or guardian  has provided the school an unexpired glucagon kit prescribed by a health professional, and (3) the volunteer diabetes care assistant has provided the school with a written statement signed by a health professional that the care assistant has received proper training in the administration of glucagon. Training requirements are outlined in the statute. Diabetes care assistants are immune from civil liability for the consequences of the good faith adoption and implementation of policies and procedures pursuant to this section.

Self-Administration of Asthma Medications: ARS 15-341 (2005) requires district governing boards to allow the possession and self-administration of prescription medication for breathing disorders in handheld inhaler devices by pupils who have been prescribed the medication by aa licensed health care professional. The pupil's name on the prescription label on the medication container or on the medication device is sufficient proof that the pupil is entitled to the possession and self-administration of the medication. The statute also provides immunity from civil liability for a school district and its employees with respect to all decisions made and actions taken that are based on good faith implementation of the requirements of this paragraph, except in cases of wanton or wilful neglect.


Self-Administration of Anaphylaxis Medications: ARS 15-341 (2005) requires the board of directors of a school district to prescribe and enforce policies and procedures allowing pupils who have been diagnosed with anaphylaxis by a health care provider to carry and self-admninister emergency medications including auto-injectable epinephrine while at school and at school sponsored activities.The pupil's name on the prescription label on the medication container or on the medication device is sufficient proof that the pupil is entitled to the possession and self-administration of the medication. The statute also provides immunity from civil liability for a school district and its employees with respect to all decisions made and actions taken that are based on good faith implementation of the requirements of this paragraph, except in cases of wanton or wilful neglect.


Psychotropic Medications: No state policy.

Storage and Record-keeping: No state policy.

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Self-Administration of Diabetes Medications: ARS 15-344.01 (2008) allows the school district governing board and the charter school governing body to adopt policies and procedures for pupils who have been diagnosed with diabetes. The policies and procedures shall allow students to manage their diabetes in the classroom, on school grounds and at school sponsored activities. If a school district or charter school adopts policies and procedures, they must include the following components: (1) The parent or guardian must annually submit a diabetes medical management plan to the student's school authorizing them to carry appropriate medications and monitoring equipment, and acknowledging that the pupil is capable of sellf-administration. The management plan must be signed by a licensed health professional; (2) A requirement that the student be able to practice proper safety precautions for the handling and disposal of equipment, and a specified method of disposal; and (3) Procedures that enable a school district or charter school to withdraw a pupil's authorization to monitor blood glucose and self-administer diabetes medication if the student does not practice proper safety precautions. The statute also allows for the training and authorization of voluntary diabetes care assistants.

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Counseling and Mental Health Services
     Last Updated: 8/13/2008

Requirement to Provide Services: No state policy.

Identification of Students with Mental or Emotional Disorders: No state policy.

Substance Abuse: ARS 15-345 (no date available) allows the "school district governing board [to] adopt chemical abuse prevention policies and procedures in consultation with pupils, school district personnel and members of the community, including parents and local law enforcement agencies".

Suicide Prevention: ARS 13-403 (no date available) allows the use of physical force when acting under reasonable belief that another person is about to commit suicide or to inflict serious injury upon his self.

HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Testing and Counseling: No state policy.

Immunity of Liability: No state policy.

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Immunization
     Last Updated: 8/19/2010

Detailed, current information about immunization requirements by state is maintained by the National Network for Immunization Information.  Select your state from the drop down box under Search for State Vaccine Requirements for School Entry."

Not included in the NNII database is State Board of Education Administrative Code R9-6-702 (2007) that requires students who are 11 years old and starting the sixth grade have one dose of meningococcal vaccine and one dose of Tdap - tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The Tdap requirement is in addition to the 4 required for kindergarten school entry, and is required if 5 years have passed since the child's last does of teatnus-diptheria containing vaccine and the child has not received Tdap. One teatnus-diptheria containing vaccine is required if 10 years have passed since the last dose of Tdap or teatnus-diptheria containing vaccine.

ExemptionsARS 15-873 (no date available) allows for exemption from immunization requirements under the following circumstances: (1) The parent or guardian of the pupil submits a signed statement to the school administrator stating that they have received information about immunization, understand the risks and benefits of immunization, the potential risks of non-immunizations, and that due to personal beliefs, they do not consent to immunization of the pupil, or (2) The parent or guardian submits a written certification, signed by a physician and the parent, to the school administrator stating that the required immunizations may be detrimental to the pupil's health and indicating the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstances which precludes immunization.  In the case of an outbreak of a communicable immunization-preventable disease (as determined by the department of health services or local health department), students provided immunization exemptions shall not attend school.

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Accommodation
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Staff with HIV
     Last Updated: 4/29/2012

Arizona has no state law or administrative rule that addresses staff with HIV. However, the state suggests schools follow the Model HIV Administrative Procedures for Schools document, which is based on Someone At School Has AIDS, published by NASBE.

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Students with HIV
     Last Updated: 4/29/2012

Arizona has no state law or administrative rule that addresses students with HIV. However, the state suggests schools follow the Model HIV Administrative Procedures for Schools document, which is based on Someone At School Has AIDS, published by NASBE.

Pregnant or Parenting Students
     Last Updated: 1/2/2006

ARS 15-346 (2002) instructs local districts to adopt policies and procedures concerning pregnant students or pupils with an infant to provide homework for absences from school and flexibility in physical education activities.

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Individual Health Plan for Students
     Last Updated: 1/2/2006

ARS 15-346 instructs local districts to work with parents, teachers, and a health professional to adopt policies and procedures concerning pupils with chronic health problems. As part of a student’s health plan, the statute requires homework to be provided for students absent from school to avoid losing credit and flexibility in physical education activity requirements, so students may participate to the extent their health permits.

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Coordination/ Implementation
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Coordinating or Advisory Councils
     Last Updated: 4/29/2012

State-level: ARS 36-109 (no date available) establishes the appointed advisory health council. The Arizona Governor's Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sports is commissioned to coordinate, support, and disseminate information about physical activity programs offered by the public and private sectors. The council is sustained by Executive Order 2004-10 to foster cooperative relationships, to encourage, develop and recognize programs that increase interest, enthusiasm and participation in health and physical activity, to make policy and program recommendations to the governor, and to coordinate activities with the President of the United States' Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Local-level: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-303 (1989) requires that sex education lessons be approved by the local governing board after a prescribed public hearing process. A representative advisory board must be established to assist in the development of sex education lessons.

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School Health Program Coordinators
     Last Updated: 8/18/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: No state policy.

Confidentiality
     Last Updated: 3/11/2009

Student Health-Related Records: ARS 36-509 (2002) regulates the amount of health information of a person between the ages of three and twenty-two years of age to be provided only when educational services are necessary to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Confidentiality is also required by ARS 36-664 (2002) for information regarding communicable diseases, with exceptions outlined in the statute.

Student Health-Related Services: No state policy.

Limitations on Student Surveys
     Last Updated: 8/27/2009

State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-303 (1989) specifies that sex education classes shall not include tests, psychological inventories, surveys, or examinations containing any questions about the student's or his parents' personal beliefs or practices in sex, family life, morality, values or religion.

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