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School Health

 School Health Resources:




Abstinence Education

Acanthosis Nigricans

Approved Texas CSH Health Programs

            Elementary Schools:

            Middle & Junior High Schools:

Audio Visual Library

Awards for Excellence in Texas Schools 

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Bloodborne Pathogens



Bullying Prevention--New Requirement for Schools 2012-2013

Bullying Prevention Toolkit
In response to national and state concern about the impact of bullying on students, recent Texas legislation has addressed the need for districts to develop anti-bullying policies and interventions. Further, the Texas legislature directed the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency, to provide and annually update a list of best practice-based early mental health intervention and suicide prevention programs for implementation in general education settings.  The Bullying Prevention Toolkit was compiled and approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their May 14, 2012 committee meeting to support schools in their efforts to find effective anti-bullying resources to develop anti-bullying policies and interventions.

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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Requirements for Schools

            To fulfill the intent of the law, both of these staff need to complete both of these trainings.  TEA Correspondence dated 7-31-14.

            1.  Sexual Abuse Prevention Training: Darkness to Light (D2L) provides online or face-to-face training and printed certificates. Online record keeping and reporting of employee participation is available upon request. www.D2L.org/TXEd 

             2.  Recognition of Maltreatment of Children and Child Abuse Reporting Training: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) provides online training and printed certificates: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Training/Reporting/default.asp


Communicable Disease Chart (also see Diseases/Conditions)

Communicable Disease Chart and Notes for Schools and Child-Care Centers:  The new chart is available from the Texas DSHS.  To request the chart go to https://secure.immunizetexasorderform.com/default.asp.  Simply request form 6-30, Communicable Disease Chart and Notes for Schools and Child-Care Centers.  If you have any questions, please contact the Immunization Branch customer service line at (800) 252-9152.

CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)

Continuing Education 

Coordinated School Health

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Dating Violence


 Disaster Publications





            Ear Infections

            Head Lice

            HIV, STD’s and STI’s

            Infections, Diseases and Conditions



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Eating Disorders

Emergency Preparedness

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FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)


Food Allergies

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Health Careers and Education

Healthy Life Style

 HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)


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Internet Safety


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  Mental Health

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Obesity and Overweight

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p.a.p.a. Training (Paternity and Parenting Awareness)

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Research and Recommendations on Physical Education



Records Retention

Required Screenings

                        Vision Screening  To schedule a training contact the Regional DSHS office at (806) 783-6490 or Elijah Brown at the State DSHS office at 1-888-963-7111 ext. 6442 or Elijah.Brown@dshs.state.tx.us

New 9-26-14: 

Photoscreening for Vision Screening:  DSHS has approved photoscreening for vision screening but is only for children five years old and younger.  The vision screening results are recorded pass/fail.  If photoscreening is used, the screener must obtain training from the manufacturer, sales representative or someone who has be trained to train others.  For example, some people from the Lion’s Club have been trained to train others.  Also, students with disabilities, above the age of 5 years, who cannot respond appropriately to acuity screening (i.e. wall charts or telebinocular) can be screened using photoscreening.  Photoscreening machines do not have to be calibrated annually.  Only audiometers have this requirement.  The new Vision Certification cards will indicate if the screener has been trained prior to the workshop which is a requirement if photoscreening is utilized.  Screeners with valid certification cards do not have to attend an additional certifying workshop, but instead the information will be updated at their next renewal workshop using the 5 year renewal cycle.  For more information please contact Elijah Brown by phone at (512) 458-7420 or toll free 1-888-963-7111 ext. 6442 or by email at Elijah.Brown@dshs.state.tx.us.


                        Hearing Screening  To schedule a training contact the Regional DSHS office at (806) 783-6490 or Elijah Brown at the State DSHS office at 1-888-963-7111 ext. 6442 or Elijah.Brown@dshs.state.tx.us.


                       Spinal Screening  To schedule a training, contact Sheila Rhodes in the Regional DSHS office at (806) 783-6485 or sheila.rhodes@dshs.state.tx.us.

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School Based Health Centers

 School Health

School Health Advisory Council’s (SHAC’s)   

School Nurse Information

Suicide Prevention

 Suicide Prevention Plans for Schools Required in Texas:  A new Texas law requires that public schools in Texas must have a “district improvement plan,” which must include strategies for suicide prevention. Texas Education Code §11.252 (a)(3)(B). A FAQ on this law can be found at www.texassuicideprevention.org/pdf/1386-Frequently-Asked-Questions-TexasSuicidePrevention-12apr2012.pdf.

The following guidelines are listed on the Best Practices Registry of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center:

  • Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Guidelines
    The Youth Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Guidelines manual provides a rationale for developing protocols and includes discussion on planning for school-based suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. It is available from the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program at no charge. It can be downloaded from the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program website: www.mainesuicideprevention.org
  • Youth Suicide Prevention School-based Guide Checklists
    The Youth Suicide Prevention School-based Guide Checklists provide a framework for schools to assess their existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts and provide resources and information that school administrators can use to enhance or add to their existing program. The checklists are available from the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute of the University of South Florida at no charge. They can be downloaded from the Youth Suicide Prevention School- based Guide website: http://theguide.fmhi.usf.edu.

Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention (The Trevor Project)
:  Reducing the risk of youth suicide requires making positive changes. To help make it easier for schools to prevent, assess, intervene in, and respond to suicidal behavior, The Trevor Project has collaborated to create a Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention. This modular, adaptable document will help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in communities nationwide. Download our fact sheet and full policy today – by adopting or advocating for this model policy in your school district, you can help protect the health and safety of all students.  This model policy was created in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.
One-Page Fact Sheet: 
Fast Facts: Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention (PDF opens in new window)
Full Policy Document:  
Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention (PDF opens in new window)
View our recorded webinar on the Model School District Policy  
View a PDF of the webinar presentation slides

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Texas Administrative Code 

 Texas Education Agency 

 Texas Legislature On-Line 

 Texas School Health Network

 Texas DSHS School Nurse Consultant 

Tobacco Prevention

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University Interscholastic League (UIL) 

Unlicensed Diabetic Care Assistant (UDCA)

Diabetes Information:  Guidelines for Training School Employees Who Are Not Licensed Healthcare Professionals  Chapter 168 of the Health and Safety Code relates to the care of students with diabetes in schools. House Bill 984 (79R) requires that principals identify unlicensed personnel to assist with caring for students during the regular school day or while participating in a school activity. The Texas Diabetes Council (TDC) develops guidelines for training school personnel to be diabetes care assistants.  Guidelines for Training School Employees who are not Licensed Healthcare Professionals to implement House Bill 984 (79th Legislature) related to the Care of Elementary and Secondary School Students with diabetes   Frequently Asked Questions related to implementing House Bill (HB) 984   UDCA Training Resources

US Office of Health and Human Services

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Region 16 Education Service Center
5800 Bell Street
Amarillo, TX 79109-6230
Phone: 806-677-5000
Fax: 806-677-5001

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