How the School High Health Needs Fund is managed

The School High Health Needs Fund (SHHNF) provides funding for support for students at school and kura who have high health needs. Students may receive resources from the fund and any other Learning Support funding schemes, except for the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS). Students who meet the criteria for ORS and have high health needs, receive all their care and supervision through ORS.

ACC provides the support needs of students with high health needs as the result of an accident.

SHHNF is in addition to the services provided by Regional Health Schools (RHS).

Further information Regional Health Schools for children who can’t attend school because they are unwell (external link)

How the level of funding is decided

The level of funding is determined through the Individual Care Plan (ICP) process. The Ministry of Education, or the school if it is a fundholder, is responsible for making sure each student has an annual ICP that details:

  • a brief summary of the student’s health needs
  • the care and supervision tasks the support person will carry out, how long each task takes and how many times a day and week the tasks are completed
  • what tasks the student can do independently and what tasks the student needs help with
  • a brief summary of the plans and strategies the school has in place to help the student develop independence, if appropriate
  • the monitoring system that will ensure the care remains appropriate to the student’s needs during the year
  • the evaluation process that will determine the student’s ongoing level of need for care and supervision, together with information about the student’s progress towards being able to manage their own needs
  • signatures of parent/caregiver and the educator.

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