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SF 2280

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 04/07/2021 09:55am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to education; creating a licensed school nurse position at the Department
of Education; appropriating money; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 121A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [121A.20] LICENSED SCHOOL NURSE.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Purpose and duties. new text end

new text begin (a) The Department of Education must employ a
school health services specialist to:
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new text begin (1) provide technical assistance to school districts and charter schools for the
education-related health needs of their students;
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new text begin (2) serve as the primary source of information and support for schools in addressing
emergency readiness, public health, and the needs of children and youth with acute and
chronic health conditions and related disorders; and
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new text begin (3) serve as the primary liaison to the Department of Health and other state agencies to
coordinate school-based, health-related services for students.
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new text begin (b) The school health services specialist's duties include:
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new text begin (1) increasing professional awareness and competencies of school nurses and other
specialized instructional support personnel, using the competencies defined in the most
recent edition of the document jointly prepared by the American Nurses Association and
the National Association of School Nurses identified as "School Nursing; Scope and
Standards of Practice" to meet the educational needs of students with acute or chronic health
conditions, or students identified with risk characteristics associated with health and mental
health;
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new text begin (2) developing implementation guidance to assist general education and special education
teachers in (i) recognizing health-related educational needs of children and youth, and (ii)
improving students' attendance and full participation in instruction and other school activities;
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new text begin (3) developing implementation guidance to assist teachers, specialized instructional
support personnel, and school administrators in prevention of and intervention with
health-harming behavior and mental health; and
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new text begin (4) increasing the availability of online and asynchronous professional development
programs and materials for school staff.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, "health service specialist" means a
professional registered nurse who:
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new text begin (1) is licensed as a public health nurse in Minnesota;
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new text begin (2) is licensed as a school nurse in Minnesota;
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new text begin (3) has a minimum of three years of experience in school nursing services or public
health nurse serving schools;
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new text begin (4) has experience in managing a districtwide health policy, overseeing a budget, and
supervising personnel; and
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new text begin (5) has a graduate degree in nursing, public health, education, or a related field.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Requirements for position. new text end

new text begin The Department of Education's school health
service specialist must be highly trained in school nursing, which includes knowledge about
child growth and development; public health; health education; and special education with
a focus on the impact of health on learning, comprehensive assessment of learning-related
health using interventions that are evidence-based, and documentation and evaluation of
child health knowledge, skills, status, and education implications. The specialist must have
knowledge of section 504 plans, health insurance and third-party reimbursement, health
privacy, and emergency preparedness. The specialist must also have skills in interdisciplinary
collaboration, policy development, parent involvement, health teaching and learning, and
staff development.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner of education in the fiscal years
designated.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin School health service specialist. new text end

new text begin For a school health service specialist according
to section 1:
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new text begin $
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new text begin 2022
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new text begin 2023
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