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Certification for School Dental Sealant Programs

Required Certification for Local School Dental Sealant Programs 

Oregon Administrative Rules, OAR 333-028 (Revised Effective January 28, 2022)

Senate Bill 660 (pdf), passed by the Oregon State Legislature in 2015, requires local school dental sealant programs to be certified by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) before dental sealants can be provided in a school setting. Certification provides schools with assurance that a minimum set of standards will be met while delivering services.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 431A.725 authorizes the OHA Public Health Division, Oral Health Program to adopt administrative rules to provide guidance for local school dental sealant programs on the requirements for certification; application process for certification and recertification; monitoring and collecting data from programs; and decertification or provisional certification for programs out of compliance.

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 333 Division 028 contains the final rule text language for certification. The OARs were originally effective on January 29, 2016. The OARs were last amended on January 28, 2022 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific guidelines were incorporated so that dental sealant services continue to be safely provided in a school setting.

As referenced in certification requirement 333-028-0320(14), local school dental sealant programs must follow infection prevention and control guidelines from Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). OHA has developed a guidance document for programs to follow.


OHA conducted a webinar on March 17, 2022 that provided an update to the OHA Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for school dental sealant programs. For those who were unable to attend, you mayview a recording of the webinar.

OHA conducted a webinar on February 3, 2022 for school dental sealant programs that gave an overview of the certification rule changes and OHA infection prevention and control guidelines. For those who were unable to attend, you mayview a recording of the webinar.

Mandatory Certification Program

  • Mandatory certification as outlined in Senate Bill 660 began in the 2016-17 school year.
  • Once a school dental sealant program is certified, the certification status is effective for the certification year of August 1 - July 31.
  • Certified programs will need to continually maintain their list of schools being served and requested throughout the certification year.
  • OHA will conduct on-site verification reviews of each certified program.
  • A certified program will need to renew its certification no later than July 15 of each year.
  • Before applying for renewal certification, a certified program must submit an aggregate-level data report to OHA.

Before Applying for Certification

A representative responsible for coordinating and implementing the school dental sealant program must attend a one-time certification training provided by the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Oral Health Program.

If the school sealant program experiences personnel changes that impact the representative responsible for coordinating and implementing the program, then a new representative must attend the one-time certification training before applying for recertification.

Templates


Application Form for Initial Certification

STEP 1: Email the OHA Oral Health Program at oral.health@dhsoha.state.or.us to request a user name and password for your organization to access the online application form. Please provide the name of your organization in the email.

  • Each organization will have its own unique log-in information.
  • Programs will then have the ability to update information on the application form throughout the school year regardless of personnel changes.

STEP 2: Download the user guide (pdf) that will show you how to complete the online application form step-by-step.

STEP 3: Once you have an organization user name and password, you can access the online application formPlease note the application works best in Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer.

If you need any other assistance, please contact the Oral Health Program at oral.health@dhsoha.state.or.us or (971) 412-0531.


Application Form for Renewal Certification

STEP 1: Download the user guide (pdf) that will show you how to complete the online recertification application form step-by-step.

STEP 2: Using the same organization user name and password provided during the initial certification process, you can access the online application formPlease note the application works best in Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer.

You will not be able to access your certification form for the 2019-20 school year. If you need to make any changes to it or need any other assistance, please contact the Oral Health Program at oral.health@dhsoha.state.or.us or (971) 412-0531.


Webinars & Training Resources

Health Equity Training Series for School Dental Sealant Programs (SDSPs)
OHA is hosting a virtual five-part health equity training series that has an oral health school-delivery focus. Subject matter experts will provide participants with practical, important knowledge and skills to interact with communities, schools, families and students. If you have any questions about this series, please contact Kristy Alberty at kristy.alberty@dhsoha.state.or.us.

          Session 1 - April 19, 2022 from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 
          Health equity subject matter experts addressed challenges to achieving optimal health outcomes via Oregon’s SDSPs.
          Topics included: Building a better understanding of anti-racism; Creating dialogue vs. debate; Identifying intent vs. impact
          For those who were unable to attend, you mayview a recording of the webinar.

          Session 2 - May 10, 2022 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
          Topics included: An overview of racism; Bias in healthcare and education
          For those who were unable to attend, you mayview a recording of the webinar.

          Session 3 - May 24, 2022 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
          Topics included: LGBTQIA+/gender inclusivity. This session was not recorded.

          Sessions 4 and 5: To be determined

Webinar: Review of the COVID-19 Modified Technique for Placing Glass Ionomer Sealants 
On January 26, 2022, OHA hosted a webinar by GC America to provide a review of the COVID-19 modified technique for glass ionomer dental sealants. Topics of the review included: using cavity conditioner; determining the best moisture conditions for the teeth to be sealed; and parameters for placing glass ionomer sealants around school students’ eating schedules. For those who were unable to attend, you mayview a recording of the webinar.

Webinar on the Efficacy of Glass Ionomer Sealants & COVID-19 Modified Technique 
On July 28, 2020, OHA hosted a webinar by GC America to provide information on the bonding, retention and release of fluoride in glass ionomer dental  sealant material. The presenters demonstrated a technique that does not generate aerosols and is an acceptable alternative for glass ionomer dental sealant placement during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who were unable to attend, you mayview a recording of the webinar.

Video Showing Application of a Resin Sealant Material
OHA produced a video that demonstrates the use of Clinpro unfilled sealant material. Pleaseview a recording of the video.


Required One-Time Certification Training

As part of the certification process, a representative responsible for coordinating and implementing a school dental sealant program must attend the one-time certification training provided by OHA. If your program has had a personnel change to the representative responsible for coordinating the program, then this new person must attend the certification training before applying for recertification.

The training is free, and participants will learn how to deliver evidence-based, high quality oral health and dental sealant services in a school-based setting. The training is on the administrative side of operating a school dental sealant program.

Next Session

The last certification training was held virtually on May 6, 2022. Certification trainings will take place periodically throughout the school year if needed. Please contact the Oral Health Program at oral.health@dhsoha.state.or.us or (971) 412-0531 if you need to take the one-time certification training.

 

Training Topics

  • State and Federal Updates
  • Research and Evidence-Based Practiceslogo
  • Scope of Practice and Utilizing Dental Hygienists and Dental Assistants
  • Health Equity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Health Literacy
  • Antidiscrimination Laws and Rules
  • Recruiting and Working with Schools
  • Providing Services in a School Setting
  • Equipment and Supplies Needed
  • Protocols for Safe, Quality Care
  • Data Collection and Reporting
  • Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Certification Requirements and Processes

Required Clinical Training

As part of the certification process, a school dental sealant program must provide a clinical training every year to all providers rendering care within their scope of practice in a school setting.

This requirement may be met by one of these options:

  1. The school sealant program can develop and implement its own training; OR
  2. The program may send its providers to an annual training provided by the OHA Oral Health Program.

The clinical training must include these topics:

  • Determining the Need for and Appropriateness of Sealants
  • Manufacturer's Guidelines for Sealant Placement
  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidelines
  • Quality Assessment of the Program, such as Performance Benchmarks and Standards
  • Confidentiality and Security Guidelines, including HIPAA and FERPA
  • Health Equity
  • Internal Policies and Procedures
Programs attending the OHA Clinical Training should also still meet with all of their providers to go over internal policies and procedures.

2022 OHA Clinical Training for School Dental Sealant Programs - August 4 & 5, 2022

The OHA Clinical Training for the 2022-23 school year will be held in-person and virtually on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM and Friday, August 5, 2022 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Each session will be recorded and posted online after the training for those unable to attend the live training. Closed captioning will be available for the recordings. Please view the draft training agenda (pdf).

Participants attending in-person are eligible for CE credits after completing an online evaluation. Participants attending the virtual live stream or viewing the recordings afterwards will need to complete a course evaluation and brief quiz to confirm the attendance requirement for OAR 333-028-0320 and to be eligible for continuing education (CE) credits. CE credits will only be available until September 30, 2022.

Registration: Please register here for the live training before 5:00 PM on August 1, 2022. All school dental sealant program team members are encouraged to attend, but each person will need to register individually. Please designate whether you will be participating in-person or virtually.

Attending in-person: The training will be held at the Portland State Office Building (PSOB) located at 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR 97232 in Conference Room 1A. OHA is monitoring COVID-19 infection rates for Multnomah County and will be in touch closer to the training dates if we need to switch to an entirely virtual training format.

Attending virtually: The in-person training will be live streamed via Zoom. Closed captioning will be available through Zoom. Meeting links will be shared with registrants the week of the training.

If you have any questions about the OHA Clinical Training, please contact Kristy Alberty at kristy.alberty@dhsoha.state.or.us.