P.O. BOX 2120
September 21, 2001
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: School Health Incentive Fund Grant

The state budget enacted for the 2000-2002 biennium contains general fund appropriations to continue the school health incentive fund grants to school divisions. Grant funds total $2,040,476 in the fiscal year 2001 and $2,036,455 in the fiscal year 2002 as incentive payments for the provision of nursing services in public schools.

The state grant for this optional, incentive-based program is based on the state share of an additional 0.637 hours of nursing services per student for those students estimated to be eligible for the federal free lunch program. This grant is in addition to the 1.07 hours of school nurse services per student funded in Standards of Quality (SOQ) Basic Aid and is adjusted for the composite index. Attachment A includes the budget language from Item 143 c. 17. of Chapter 1073 (2000-2002 appropriation act) governing this grant.

Please note that in order to receive the full state grant, the school division must have expended the state and local funding for school nurses received through SOQ Basic Aid in fiscal year 1999, or must have provided the equivalent level of services through some other arrangement in fiscal year 1999 (i.e., through the local health department). If any school division does not meet this expenditure requirement based on annual school report data analyzed by the Department of Education (see Attachment B) or by submitting documentation showing the equivalent level of services provided, then the grant amount for fiscal year 2002 will be reduced by the same percentage of Standards of Quality funding expended for nursing services in fiscal year 1999. Attachment B also provides the projected

unprorated and prorated grant amounts for fiscal year 2002 for each school division.

School divisions are also required to submit a grant application to be reviewed by their School Health Advisory Boards describing how the funds would be used and certify that the division is utilizing its portion of basic aid funding for school nurses in fiscal year 2002 for such purpose. The intent of the General Assembly for the use of the grant funds is to increase the quality of nursing services provided directly to students.

The application forms for this grant are attached as Attachment C. An application must be submitted to the Department of Education. You will be notified via fax of your application approval and grant award. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Gwen Smith, school health specialist at 804-786-8671 or fax: 804-371-8796,