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"School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials.” – NASN, 2016

The resources listed below include laws, rules and regulations for student health.

Federal Laws:

State Laws:

To access these laws and rules, use the codes listed below and enter the code into the boxes on the Indiana General Assembly Website. Please see the “Guidance Instructions for Locating Indiana Laws” document if you need assistance navigating the Indiana General Assembly website and accessing the laws.

List of School Health Laws


IC 20-33-2-10: Birth certificate required

IC 20-33-2-18: Certificate of incapacity

IC 20-33-2-42: Attendance

IC 20-33-2-46: Religious objection regarding attendance

IC 20-33-2-47: Reporting above 20% absenteeism

512 IAC 1-2-2:  Reporting above 20% absenteeism

Bleeding Control Program

IC 20-34-3-24

Child Abuse

IC 20-30-5-5.7: Instruction of child abuse

IC 31-33-5: Duty to report child abuse and neglect


IC 20-34-7


IC 20-34-5


IC 20-34-3-14: Hearing testing, records


IC 34-30-13: Immunity for providing voluntary healthcare

IC 34-30-13.5: Immunity during a disaster

IC 34-30-14-1:  School personnel cannot be required to give medications

IC 34-30-14-2: School personnel immunity regarding medication administration

IC 34-30-14-6: School immunity regarding students who self-administer

IC 34-30-14-7: Teacher CPR immunity

IC 34-30-14-8: School nurse CPR immunity

IC 34-30-14-9: School CPR immunity


IC 20-34-4

IC 20-34-3-2: Religious objection

IC 20-34-3-3: Medical exemption

Indoor Air Quality

IC 16-41-37.5

Mandatory Curriculum

IC 20-30-5-5.5: Bullying prevention

IC 20-30-5-7.5: Physical activity for elementary students

IC 20-30-5-9: Hygiene

IC 20-30-5-10: Diseases

IC 20-30-5-11: Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco

IC 20-30-5-12: Human immunodeficiency virus

IC 20-30-5-13: Instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases

IC 20-30-5-15: Breast and testicular cancer

IC 20-30-5-16: Organ and blood donor program

IC 20-30-5-17: Student survey and procedure for parent consent for participation

IC 20-30-5-18: Meningitis

IC 20-30-5-20: CPR and AED instruction in high school health education curriculum


IC 20-33-8-13: Ability to possess and self-administer

IC 20-34-3-18: Describes release of medication to parent

IC 20-34-5: Describes lay person giving related to diabetes

IC 34-30-14-1: School personnel cannot be forced to give

IC 34-30-14-2: School personnel immunity regarding medication administration

IC 34-30-14-6: School immunity for students who self-administer

511 IAC 7-36-9: Describes medication administration

School Nursing

511 IAC 4-1.5-1: Describes RN required to provide health services

511 IAC 4-1.5-2: Recommended ratios of one RN for every 750 students

511 IAC 4-1.5-6: Defines “health services”; defines “coordinator”

848 IAC 2-2-2 (8) and (9): Defines nursing delegation

848 IAC 2-2-3: Defines unprofessional conduct related to improper delegation


IC 20-34-3-26: Seizure Management Plan

Stock Medications

IC 20-34-4.5: Epinephrine, Albuterol, and Naloxone

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

IC 20-34-8

Sunscreen in Schools

IC 20-34-3-2


IC 20-34-3-12: Vision testing, records, and reports

IC 20-34-3-13: Vision, MCT waiver