Policy, Procedure, and Protocol: The School Nurse’s Role in Development and Review

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Release date: 05/28/2021
Expiration date: 05/26/2025*
*(The module must be completed by this date to earn contact hours.)


Upon successful completion of this module and the module evaluation, participants will receive
1.0 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours.

Course Description:

School board policies and procedures provide the framework and processes for how a school district functions. There are times when the School Nurse will be involved in policy development and review, especially policies and procedures related to student health. This module discusses the differences between policy, procedure, and protocol. Additionally, the module discusses the differences between a school district procedure and a nursing procedure. The module also provides numerous ‘real life’ examples of school district policies to assist the School Nurse in understanding how to review their district’s policies and procedures to ensure they are consistent with state laws, other policies within the district and School Nursing best practice.

Course Outline:

  • Role of the School Board
  • Policy, Procedure/Regulation, and Protocol
  • Steps in Policy Development
  • Policy Change Examples
  • School Board Policy Examples
  • Policy Review

At the end of the module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of a school board
  2. Articulate the difference between a policy, procedure/regulation, and protocol
  3. Describe the steps involved in policy development
  4. Recall the components that should be reviewed during yearly policy review

Intended Audience:

This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of School Nurses.


Teresa DuChateau, DNP, RN
School Health Associates

Bette Carr, MSN, RN
School Health Associates

Content Expert:
Valerie Hon, BSN, RN
District Nurse, Safety Committee Chairperson
Portage Community School District

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures:

No one in control of educational content has any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies (those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.)

Approval Statement:

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Policies, Procedures, and Protocols: The School Nurse's Role in Development and Review