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MEC Postion on Healthy Lifestyles


MEC supports healthy lifestyles for staff, students and families including physical activity, behavioral, emotional, mental health, and instruction. We expect all schools to meet National School Nutrition Standards. All students must have access to social-emotional education and services as well as regular physical activity. All policies must include stakeholders in the decision-making process. Student health records must be kept updated, accessible, but secure. *

Since the pandemic, federal, state and local governments have expanded their health and resources and services (physical, emotional, mental, behavioral) for children and families. Also, some local Maryland School Districts also provides services or resources including some that may be free or low-cost.

Below, you will find some State and Federal Health Resources for information purposes only.


NOTE: MEC members are not health professionals nor do we endorse, support or represent products or services from outside organizations or businesses. We suggest that interested persons refer to their medical or health professional(s) for services or resources or check with your local, state or federal health departments or agencies for additional information or services.



The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a national standard that protects sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge. Via the Privacy Rule, the main goal is to

  • Ensure that individuals’ health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public’s health and well-being.

Learn more about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law enacted in 1974 that protects the privacy of student education records.

The Act serves two primary purposes:

  1. Gives parents or eligible students more control of their educational records

  2. Prohibits educational institutions from disclosing “personally identifiable information in education records” without written consent  Learn more about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Maryland State law on Student Data Privacy – Protections, Digital Tools, and Student Data Privacy Council - HERE

  • State Statute §4–131- HERE

  • Student Data Privacy Council - HERE

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