School Health Resources:
Allergies and Anaphylaxis Web Portal and Reporting Form (DSHS):
In response to Subchapter E (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.38.htm#38.201) of the Texas Education Code, Chapter 38, regarding the maintenance, administration, and disposal of epinephrine auto-injectors, the DSHS School Health Program has created the new Allergies and Anaphylaxis (http://www.dshs.texas.gov/schoolhealth/allergiesandanaphylaxis/) web portal. This resource contains information about food allergies, epinephrine auto-injectors, and the Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee. The portal also contains the Epinephrine Auto-Injector Reporting Form (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/schoolhealth/forms/ReportingForm-Epinephrine.aspx) for schools to use when reporting the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector to DSHS.
Anaphylaxis Training Tool:
This new presentation is part of the Get Trained © program. It can be used at a faculty meeting or professional development day to assist staff in their recognition of anaphylaxis and the appropriate action to take. Access this presentation and other training tools in the Get Trained program.
Bullying Prevention--New Requirement for Schools 2012-2013
In response to national and state concerns about the impact of bullying on students, The 82nd Texas Legislature approved measures that require school districts to develop anti-bullying policies and interventions. It further directed the DSHS, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), to provide an annually updated a list of best practice-based early mental health intervention and suicide prevention programs for implementation in general education settings. The updated list is available at the following link: Mental Health Resources for Educators and Schools
DSHS also developed an anti-bullying toolkit to support schools in their efforts to find effective anti-bullying resources and develop anti-bullying policies and interventions. The following are the components of the toolkit, which can be accessed by clicking on the links.
1. Bullying Prevention Resolution for SHACs: a model resolution for local School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) to consider recommending for adoption by local school boards.
2. Bullying Prevention Resources Digest: a list of websites and resources that offer curricula, videos, handouts, connection to expert speakers, and other resources that can be used to address bullying and suicidal behavior - many of which are free.
3. Bullying Prevention Resources - Annotated: an annotated list describing the content and tools that can be found at each site.
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Requirements for Schools (TEA) TEA Correspondence dated 7-31-14.
To fulfill the intent of the law, staff need to complete both of these trainings.
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. https://www.d2l.org/#.VmHHi3arSUm.
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
General Child Abuse Prevention Information (TEA):
Child Abuse Prevention an Overview
Communicable Disease Chart (also see Diseases/Conditions)
Required Physical Fitness Assessment (FitnessGram) for the 2017-2018 School Year (TEA): Information regarding the Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative (PFAI) for 2017-2018 has been posted to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Correspondence webpage. To view the correspondence, please visit https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Required_Physical_Fitness_Assessment/. If your district or charter school needs to register for the web-based application, please visit https://help.fitnessgram.net/fitnessgram-states/texas/. Additional information regarding administering and reporting data related to the annual physical fitness assessment is provided on the PFAI webpage at https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Schools/Safe_and_Healthy_Schools/Physical_Fitness_Assessment_Initiative/. For questions related to the annual physical fitness assessment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
House Bill (HB) 2186, which was passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, 2015, and signed into law by Governor Abbott on June 19, 2015, requires suicide prevention training to all new school district and open-enrollment charter school educators annually and to existing school district and open-enrollment charter school educators on a schedule adopted by the TEA by rule. Training must be selected from the list of recommended best practice-based programs that is provided by the DSHS. School districts and open-enrollment charter schools may also select programs through an independent review of online suicide prevention training materials that comply with the guidelines (PDF, 84KB) developed by the TEA. More information about this training is included in this correspondence (PDF, 131KB). If you have further questions regarding this training, please contact Victoria Ellis in the Division of Educator Preparation by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (512) 936-8400, Option 5.
Suicide Prevention Best Practice-Based Resources (DSHS)
ASK about Suicide to Save a Life Gatekeeper Training
ASK about Suicide to Save a Life is a gatekeeper training that can be modified between 1-3 hours, based on the needs of the trainees. It is similar to Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) and is a best practice training that was developed in Texas, with Texas specific data, resources and information. Participants have opportunities to learn the warning signs, protective and risk factors about suicide. They will learn how to ask people directly about suicidal thoughts and behaviors and how to refer them to appropriate help. There are trainings offered across Texas, as well as an online video of two ASK Master Trainers teaching a sample course for an hour. There are also accompanying power point presentation materials.
At-Risk is a one hour online training for Elementary, Middle School, and High School educators. This online, interactive professional development program uses virtual role-play to help school faculty, staff, and administrators learn common signs of psychological distress and how to approach an at-risk student for referral to the school counselor.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST is founded on the principle that everyone can make a difference in preventing suicide. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide.
Model Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program (MASPP)
The Model Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program (MASPP) is a public health-oriented suicidal-behavior prevention and intervention program originally developed for a small American Indian tribe in rural New Mexico to target high rates of suicide among its adolescents and young adults.
Olweus Bullying Program*
Olweus Bullying Program utilizes online courses, web conferences and in-person program implementation seminars. These interactive programs provide key information about bullying, cyber bullying, and dating violence, and explain how schools, community organizations, and parents can create safe, healthy environments.
Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL)*
Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) is a peer helping program that seeks to build resiliency in youth by pairing youth with peer helpers who receive training and support from teachers participating in the program.
Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training
QPR Gatekeeper Training is three steps that anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.
safeTALK is a 4-hour gatekeeper training and excellent tool for people who want to become alert to the dangers of suicide in a convenient timeframe. Although formal caregivers such as social workers and counselors employ safeTALK skills, the program is also used by students, teachers, community volunteers, first responders, military personnel, police, public and private employees, and professional athletes– among many others. By providing a universal model with adaptable components, safeTALK offers useful skills to every audience.
SOS Signs of Suicide
SOS Signs of Suicide is a secondary school-based suicide prevention program that includes screening and education. Students are screened for depression and suicide risk and referred for professional help as indicated.
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