Maryland law specifies that the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) are jointly responsible for developing public standards and guidelines for school health programs and offering assistance to county boards of education and local health departments in implementing these standards and guidelines. The Center for Maternal and Child Health (CMCH) is responsible for promoting the health of school aged children and ensuring that schools comply with mandated school health standards. Included in these guidelines and standards is the requirement that every child entering the Maryland public school system must have proof of a physical examination and up-to-date immunizations. Public school systems are also required to provide scoliosis screening tests for all students at least once in grades six through eight. The CMCH coordinates data collection on local school health programs as mandated by the school health law and analyzes school health data at the state and local levels.
Additional school health related responsibilities include: