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(1) Soap and disposable towels or other hand-drying devices must be available at all handwashing sinks. Common-use towels are prohibited.

(2) Sanitary napkin disposal must be provided for girls of age ten or older and in teachers' toilet rooms and nurses' toilet rooms. The school must provide either sanitary napkin dispensers in the girls', nurses', and teachers' toilet rooms or some other readily available on-site access to sanitary napkins.

(3) If a student or a staff member develops symptoms of any reportable communicable or infectious illness as defined by ARM 37.114.203 while at school, the responsible school officials shall do the following:

(a) isolate the student or staff member immediately from other children;

(b) if the individual is a student, inform the parent or guardian as soon as possible about the illness and request him or her to pick up the student; and

(c) consult with a physician, other qualified medical professional, or the local county health department to determine if the case should be reported to the local health officer pursuant to 37-2-301, MCA.

(4) Schools shall develop and enforce policies on first aid which include, at a minimum, the following:

(a) obtaining emergency phone numbers for parents or guardians;

(b) procedures to be followed in the event of accidents, injuries, or chronic disease exacerbations; and

(c) emergency coverage, including the presence of a person with a valid American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or American Health and Safety Institute CPR and first aid certification from an equivalent first aid course, during school-sponsored activities, including field trips, athletic, and other off-campus events. Recommendations for first aid supplies, health history tracking, emergency contact forms, chronic disease management training, and policies may be secured from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Public Health and Safety Division, Food and Consumer Safety Section and the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Bureau, 1400 Broadway, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, Montana 59620-2951.

(5) In addition to the requirements of 50-40-104 and 20-1-220, MCA, "no tobacco use/electronic cigarette" signs must be posted at school building entrances and should be clearly visible. Tobacco/electronic cigarette use must be prohibited in school vehicles at all times.

(6) In addition to the requirements of this rule, school officials should also be aware of the need to comply with the laws and rules relating to the immunization of children in ARM Title 37, chapter 114 and communicable disease reporting in 37-2-301, MCA. Copies of these requirements may be obtained from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Public Health and Safety Division, Communicable Disease and Epidemiology Section, 1400 Broadway, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, Montana 59620-2951, or by visiting the website at https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/epidemiology.

(7) Pursuant to the advisory authority of 50-1-202, MCA, the department recommends that students be evaluated by registered professional nurses or other appropriately qualified health professionals on a periodic basis in order to identify those health problems which have the potential for interfering with learning, including:

(a) assessment of student's health and developmental status;

(b) vision screening;

(c) hearing screening;

(d) chemical and alcohol abuse;

(e) mental health screening;

(f) nutritional screening; and

(g) dental screening.


History: 50-1-206, MCA; IMP, 50-1-203, 50-1-206, MCA; NEW, 1986 MAR p. 546, Eff. 4/11/86; TRANS, from DHES, 2001 MAR p. 2425; AMD, 2006 MAR p. 1296, Eff. 5/19/06; AMD, 2020 MAR p. 47, Eff. 1/18/20.

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