General School Health and Wellness Links


The resources listed below may be of use to SBHC staff and community health providers who are seeking more information on regulations and policy pertaining to schools, NM school and school district demographics, and contact information for state-level departments that oversee and/or provide assistance to schools. Below these resources you can also find resources related to school policy.

American School Health Association

Annual Yearly Progress (AYP)

Under No Child Left Behind, schools are required to make adequate yearly progress (AYP). To make AYP, schools must meet proficiency targets for the school as a whole and for various subgroups, based on standardized testing. These proficiency targets increase each year. Schools must also meet attendance or graduation rate goals.

CDC Adolescent and School Health

Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools

FERPAThe Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

National Guidelines for School Health

NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD)- Information on how to report child abuse.

New Mexico Pediatric Society

New Mexico School Health Manual

NM Public Education Department, School and Family Support Bureau- Resources on many topics including: competitive food sales, school wellness policy, NM health education standards, safe schools, truancy, internet safety, NM YRRS.

Nutrition and Physical Education/Activity

NM Public Education Department Safe Schools Guide

School Fact Sheets- Information on AYP, attendance, enrollment, free and reduced lunch, and graduation rates, etc.

School Wellness Council Toolkit

American Public Health Association Center for School Health and Education

School Policy Resources

Bullying Prevention Policy Rule, NMAC 6.12.7

This rule establishes requirements for districts, schools, and state-supported educational institutions to address bullying of students by adopting and implementing policies.

Health Services Rule, NMAC

This rule addresses health services for children attending schools in New Mexico. Specifically, this section addresses the requirements for immunization of children attending public, nonpublic, or home schools.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), NMAC

This rule applies to local school boards, local school districts, and charter schools, and governs policies to be implemented by local school districts with regard to students and school employees infected with HIV, provides for appropriate curricula regarding HIV, and requires community involvement in the development of policies and the review of instructional materials.

School Health Programs Requirements, NMAC

This rule requires that districts provide or make provisions for school health programs that address the health needs of students and staff. Districts are required to provide the following programs: health education, physical education, health services, and school counseling. Additional programs may include: nutrition, staff wellness, family-school-community partnerships, healthy environment, and psychological services.

Student’s Right to Self Administer Certain Medications, NMAC

This rule addresses health services for children attending schools in New Mexico. Specifically, this section addresses the requirements for student’s right to self administer certain medications.

Wellness Policy for School District, NMAC 6.12.6

This rule requires the adoption of local school district wellness policies.