Providing Health Services During School Closures

March 2021

Providing Health Services During School Closures examines the challenges schools have encountered while providing physical, behavioral and mental health services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This issue brief considers the impact of state and federal policies, including how state Medicaid programs are responding to ensure reimbursement and funding, and it documents emerging best practices and guidance, especially around telemedicine and parental consent.  

The extensive recommendations for state and federal agencies are designed to support the continuous delivery of school-based health services during this time of partial school reopenings and in the case of future health crises and natural disasters.  

This brief is designed for: state public health, education and Medicaid agencies; school district leaders; school health providers.

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