Student Health

Maine's students need to be healthy if they are to succeed in their learning. That's why the Maine Department of Education works with schools to take a multi-pronged approach to ensuring student health -- an approach that involves health and physical education as part of the school day and provides the supports students need to stay physically, mentally, socially and emotionally healthy.

  • Child Nutrition Services. The Child Nutrition Office at the Department works with the state's schools to ensure access to nutritious food for all children throughout the year.
  • Combating & Preventing Bullying. The Maine DOE offers schools training, resources and model practices for cultivating a school environment free of bullying and harassment.
  • Coordinated School Health Programs. Schools can address student and staff health in a comprehensive way by establishing Coordinated School Health Programs. This coordinated approach to connect health and education involves eight components that address what's taught in the classroom, the health services available to students and staff, and a school climate that promotes healthy living.
  • Concussion Management. The Maine DOE provides specific guidelines for policy development and managing concussions in all school settings.
  • HIV Prevention. The Maine DOE's HIV Prevention program trains educators and others in implementing curricula proven effective in reducing risky behaviors among adolescents.
  • Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey. This biennial survey quantifies the health-related behaviors and attitudes of students in kindergarten through grade 12.
  • Resources for School Nurses. The Maine DOE offers resources and guidance school nurses can use to ensure the students in their buildings have access to high-quality, school-based health services.
  • School Counseling. School counselors provide support that helps students focus on their academic, social and emotional development so they're prepared to succeed in school and life.