School Health Rules

This page was created to provide information on the changes to the School Administrative Rules of Montana. ARM 37.111.801, addresses matters of health in Montana schools. Adoptions to the rules were filed with the Montana Secretary of State on January 7, 2020 and posted to in the Administrative Register on January 17, 2020.

Prior to these revisions, the school rules were last updated 1986. The administrative rules are designed to protect the health and safety of Montana students. The Department of Public Health and Human Services is coordinating with DEQ, OPI, education advocates, and other stakeholders to provide support and guidance to schools working towards compliance.

Lead Testing in Schools Information Session



Approved Forms
Example Policies
County Health Dept. Resources

Key Documents

Official Rules 37.111.8
School Rules: Summary of Changes

Important Dates

September 1, 2021
Schools must establish a water flushing program to implement following periods of inactivity (3 or more days).

Beginning   September 1, 2021, schools must have and follow written policies and procedures regarding the storage, administration, and lawful disposal of prescription, nonprescription, and over-the-counter medication.

Schools must develop and implement an approved Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program beginning   September 1, 2021.


December 31, 2021
Initial water samples must be take by December 31, 2021. 

Partner Links

Montana School Labs Waste Management
Lead Reduction in Schools: Drinking Water Program
Today's Air: Air Quality Monitoring

Communicable Disease Prevention School Resources

Health Enhancement & Safety Division