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Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.) is an evidence-based, educational curriculum designed for young adults. It teaches them the benefits of waiting to become a parent until after they have completed their education, started a career, and are in a stable, committed relationship.
The p.a.p.a. program is a way school districts can comply with state law requiring high-school health to include a parenting and paternity awareness curriculum.
The Office of the Attorney General provides this free curriculum and training to teachers, school counselors, school nurses, teen parent program staff, and parent educators in community-based programs. These professionals are then equipped to educate the young adults with whom they work.
Parenting and Paternity Awareness website
A UDCA is a trained volunteer that helps students with their diabetes management and is supervised by the school principal. A school employee may
not be subject to any penalty or disciplinary action for refusing to serve as an UDCA.
The training required under §168.005 must be provided by a health care professional with expertise in the care of persons with diabetes or by the school
The training must be provided:
• before the beginning of the school year
• after the enrollment of a student with diabetes at a campus that previously had no students with diabetes
• or, after the diagnosis of diabetes for a student at a campus that previously had no students
Upcoming UDCA Workshops offered at Region 16 will posted on the "Upcoming Workshops & Events" Tab of this page.
Guidelines for Training School Employees who are not Licensed Healthcare Professionals
Texas DSHS PROVISIONAL BASIC Vision and Hearing Screening trainings are being held online through Microsoft Teams, and will not require specialized software. Participants will need to have a computer, laptop, chrome book, tablet or smart phone with audio/video capability.
Recertification Workshops will be scheduled by Texas DSHS beginning in July 2021.
Please contact Claudia Bourland at Texas Department of State Health services to sign up. Email Claudia Bourland
Scott Wilkerson, M.Ed.
5800 Bell Street | Amarillo, TX 79109-6230
Phone: 806-677-5000 | Fax: 806-677-5001
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