The Friday Beat is a weekly e-newsletter that aligns with the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. It connects people interested in school health to training, funding sources and resources.
Friday Beat weekly e-newsletter
A UDCA (Unlicensed Diabetic Care Assistant) 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 healthcare 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 be posted on the "Upcoming Workshops" Tab of this webpage.
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
Vision and Hearing Screening Workshops for Re-Certification and Basic Certification are offered Virtually through Texas DSHS.
DSHS Virtual Training contact information:
Vision, Hearing and Spinal Screening Program Coordinator, PHR 1
Texas Department of State Health Services
Please sign up for email updates :
Vision and Hearing: https://dshs.texas.gov/vhs/default.shtm
Scott Wilkerson, M.Ed.
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Phone: 806-677-5000 | Fax: 806-677-5001
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