The purpose of a School Health Program is to support the educational process through the maintenance and improvement of the physical and mental health status of students and staff. It places emphasis on prevention, case finding, early intervention, and remediation of health problems with additional focus on health education, counseling and a healthful, safe school environment.

The form of the School Health Program should be determined by local needs and resources. Pediatricians should encourage the formation of local School Health Advisory Committees with school administrators, parent, and teacher representatives to evaluate existing practices and develop new ones in line with the financial resources and manpower available in the area.

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