This report has been prepared primarily for the information and guidance of the members of the American Academy of Pediatrics in matters of school health. Most of the members are practicing physicians. Many physicians are perplexed by the subject of "school health." A better term, perhaps, is "health program for school age children." It emphasizes that "school health" is but part of an over-all planning for child health which begins with birth (or prenatal life) and continues through the school years. The private physician surrenders none of his responsibility for the child's health when the child enters school. Instead, the school joins him and the parent as a third party interested in the child's health.
The school age child's health is influenced by the teaching and environment of his school, by the program of public health in the community, and by the direct services he receives. It is important that physicians, school personnel and public health authorities coordinate their activities by cooperative planning if the health program is to be successful. The private physician, who has been the medical adviser to the child during his preschool years, should play an important role in this cooperative activity of adjusting the child to the school environment. Not only should the child enter school in optimum health, but he should continue in optimum health throughout his school years. His good health is basically his parents' responsibility. The parents can be helped where and when necessary by a properly organized "health program for school age children."
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