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Action for Healthy Kids (Works with schools, families and communities to help kids learn to be healthier and be ready to learn)
Centers for Disease Control Coordinated School Health
Centers for Disease Control School Health Index
DSHS Coordinated School Health
DSHS Coordinated School Health Guide
DSHS School Health Advisory Councils
DSHS School Health Advisory Council Guide
Texas Education Agency Approved Coordinated School Health Programs
Texas Education Agency Coordinate School Health
Selected State and Federal School Health Laws The attached document is meant as a resource tool in assisting school nurses and other school health personnel in locating selected laws that relate to school health. It is not a full list, but a snapshot of the most frequently requested citations.
Texas School Health Advisory Committee (statewide) VISION: We the TSHAC envision healthier Texans through coordinated school health.
Texas School Health Advisory Committee (T-SHAC)
Tab 1. SHAC Rosters
Tab 2. SHAC Agenda
Tab 3. SHAC Minutes
Tab 4. SHAC By-Laws, Mission Statement and Vision Statement
Tab 5. Wellness Policy
Tab 6. Wellness Plan/Implementation
Tab 7. DSHS School Health website
Tab 8. CSH website
Tab 9. SHAC website
Tab 10. Texas SHAC website
Tab 11. TEAwebsite
Tab 12. Centers for Disease Control
Tab 13. Miscellaneous
Aim for Success
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.
Approved Texas CSH Health Programs
Audio Visual Library
Awards for Excellence in Texas Schools
In the 86th Legislature, HB 3884 required DSHS to create procedures for school districts to provide information relating to bacterial meningitis to students and parents. DSHS shall prescribe the form and content of the information. School districts should provide the information below on the district website or provide a link to this page on the district website. For school districts that do not maintain a website, the information should be provided in hard copy to each student. Information school districts are to provide: Download this information as a .pdf: BACTERIAL MENINGITIS / MENINGITIS BACTERIANA.
Bleeding Control Training:
The Texas Education Code (TEC), §38.030, as added by House Bill (HB) 496, 86th Texas Legislature, requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to approve training for the use of a bleeding control station in the event of an injury to another person.
The following list of bleeding control training programs meet all requirements outlined in statute:
American College of Surgeons
Stop the Bleed
Bleeding Control Basics
Cost: From $0-$500
Williamson County Emergency Medical Services (WCEMS)
WCEMS Hemorrhage Control
Additionally, TEC, §38.030, requires each school district and open-enrollment charter school to develop a protocol for school employees to follow in the event of a traumatic injury. This protocol must require that the following personnel complete the state-approved training in the use of a bleeding control station: each school district peace officer commissioned under TEC, §37.081; each school security personnel employed under TEC, §37.081, who provides security services at a campus; each school resource officer who provides law enforcement at a campus; and all other district or school personnel who may reasonably be expected to use a bleeding control station.
The traumatic injury response protocol must also require each school district and open-enrollment charter school to annually offer instruction on the use of a bleeding control station to students enrolled at the campus in Grade 7 or higher. The instruction must be provided by a school resource officer or other appropriate district or school personnel who has received the state-approved training.
The Texas legislature has addressed the need for districts to develop anti-bullying policies and interventions. This toolkit lists resources to help develop anti-bullying policies and interventions shown to work.
• Introduction for the Bullying Prevention Toolkit (9.2018)
• Bullying Prevention Websites and Resources - Digest
• Bullying Prevention Websites and Resources - Annotated (Revised 4.23.18)
• Sample Resolution: SHAC Recommendation Against Bullying in Texas Public Schools (4.2018)Bullying threatens the health, safety, and education of students.[i] Data from the 2017 Texas High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicated19 percent of high school students in Texas were bullied at school during the previous year; 14 percent were victims of cyber-bullying.[ii] The Texas School Health Advisory Committee (TSHAC) developed a Bullying Prevention Toolkit to assist district School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) and schools in identifying resources to assist in their local efforts to prevent bullying. Additional resources on the prevention of, identification of, responses to, and reporting of incidents of bullying and the connection between bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment can be found at the Texas School Safety Center website.
Child Abuse Prevention Information
Communicable Disease Chart (also see Diseases/Conditions)
CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)
Concussions in Schools:
TEC §38.153 Oversight Of Concussions By School Districts And Charter Schools; Return-To-Play Protocol Development By Concussion Oversight Team
TEC §38.154 Concussion Oversight Team: Membership
TEC §38.155 Required Annual Form Acknowledging Concussion Information
TEC §38.156 Removal From Play In Practice Or Competition Following Concussion
TEC §38.157 Return To Play In Practice Or Competition
TEC §38.158 Training Courses
Coordinated School Health
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Texas Diabetes Council
DSHS Hearing Program
Managing Head Lice in the School Setting and at Home (DSHS)
HIV, STDs and STIs
CDC STD Information (CDC)
Infections, Diseases and Conditions
CDC A to Z Index
CDC A to Z Diseases and Conditions
CDC Diseases Related to Travel
CDC Yellow Book
Emergency Guidelines for Schools (This document is a resource for schools to add their local emergency procedures.)
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Hearing Screening To schedule a training, contact Claudia Bourland in the Lubbock Regional DSHS office at (806) 783-6490 or email@example.com
Health Careers and Education
Healthy Life Style
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
Best Practice Resources For Schools (TEA):
The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and Department of State Health Services (DSHS) coordinate with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Education Service Centers (ESCs) annually to update a list of recommended best-practice programs, and research-based practices, for public school implementation. These lists include important practices and programs for school leaders to consider for implementation to support academic achievement.
General Information is provided here on the statutes addressed by the Best Practice Resources and the process used to develop the list. The Suicide Prevention Webpage contains additional information, guidance and the approved training programs for required suicide prevention:
Mental Health Hotlines and Links to Mental/Behavioral Health Supports in Texas (TEA):
Novel Coronavirus 2019
CDC Health Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus
p.a.p.a. Training (Paternity and Parenting Awareness)
Vision Screening To schedule a training, contact Claudia Bourland in the Lubbock Regional DSHS office at (806) 783-6490 or firstname.lastname@example.org
School Based Health Centers
School Health Advisory Council’s (SHAC’s)
School Nurse Information
Seizure Recognition and Related First Aid Programs :
The Texas Education Code (TEC), §38.033, as added by House Bill (HB) 684, 86th Texas Legislature, permits the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to approve an online course of instruction for seizure recognition and related first aid provided by a nonprofit national foundation that supports the welfare of individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorders. School nurses employed by a school district and school district employees whose duties include regular contact with students are required to complete the online course of instruction.
The following list of online courses meet all requirements outlined in statute:
The Epilepsy Foundation (https://www.epilepsy.com/)
Managing Students with Seizures: The Importance of School Nurses
Seizure Training for School Personnel
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.
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.
Texas Administrative Code
Texas Education Agency
Texas Legislature On-Line
Texas DSHS School Nurse Consultant
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 (In the process of being updated as of December 2019)
DSHS has updated the state update and Update onInvestigation of Vaping-Related Pulmonary Illness document on the websites:
The websites and documents will be updated as information and resources continue to become available. We encourage you to share this information with your partners and stakeholders.For questions, please contact the DSHS Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch at 512-776-7268 or 512-422-0925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Wilkerson, M.Ed.
Child Nutrition Specialist Team Lead
NSLP / NSBP / SSO / School Health
Child Nutrition and School Health
Christy Brownd, M.Ed.
Child Nutrition Specialist NSLP / NSBP / SSO
Dee Dee Ortega
Child Nutrition Specialist CACFP / SFSP
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