Due to changing family conditions and numbers of students attending school with health problems, the traditional role of providing assessment and screening for all students has broadened to include a focus on the physical condition of younger students, as well as substance abuse, early pregnancy, and sexually transmitted disease among older students. School health encompasses a range of activities that promote and protect student health. (http://www.maine.gov/education/sh/contents/)
- In your opinion how much responsibility should public schools take for the health of their students?
- Would you consider that public schools with a fairly strong and active health program are crossing over from the business of just an educator to that of a public health/health care provider?
- Who should pay for these additional services and programs for our children?