Diabetes Prevention and Control Branch
Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
Division for Disease Control and Prevention Services
The three projects listed above make up the School Health Program.
School Health Program
Vision: The DSHS School Health Program envisions a Texas where all children are healthy, ready to learn and prepared to make healthy lifelong choices.
Mission: The mission of the DSHS School Health Program is to meet the health services and health program needs of children through schools.
1. Function as central resource to communities: develop materials, linkages and promotion.
2. Increase access to health care for all Texas children.
3. Ensure infrastructure to provide support to schools.
4. Engage in collaborative efforts: interagency, intro-agency, partners and stakeholders
5. Reporting-internal and external
Of Special Interest within this Site:
ALERT! 2014 Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health Applications Now Available
Deadline to apply: April 28, 2014
The AFE program awards approximately $13,500.00 in CASH prizes to schools or districts that implement effective school health programs to improve the lifelong physical, mental and social well-being of students, staff and the greater school community.
Beginning this year, the timetable for availability of and deadline for applications have been adjusted to allow districts/schools the opportunity to win an award or grant in the same school year for which they applied. A FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS document about the NEW TIMELINE can be accessed at www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/awards.shtm.
Sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services and funded by the Texas Health Institute and the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation, this initiative, now in its 25th year, grants programs just getting started with seed money and recognizes and rewards existing, successful programs and those that have made improvements or expansions to programs awarded in the past. To learn more and to access an application and instructions, go to www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/awards.shtm or contact Ellen Smith at email@example.com or (512)776-2140.
Research and Recommendation on School Bus and Automobile Idling (Word 121K)
REVISED: March 3, 2014- Attached is research and a subsequent recommendation on school bus and car idling for use with school districts as compiled and approved by the TSHAC membership at their March 3, 2014 TSHAC meeting.
Research and Recommendations on Benefits to Students in School Districts that Prohibit Physical Activity as Punishment
REVISED: March 3, 2014 - Motivating students to pursue and continue active lifestyles is an obtainable goal and serves as an effective strategy to reduce the public health burden of chronic diseases associated with inactivity. A singular barrier that can be both physically and emotionally harmful to children and youth is the practice of using physical activity as punishment and/or behavior management. Developed by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee and revised and approved at their March 3, 2014 committee meeting, this document was developed to assist local School Health Advisory Councils to revise or update Wellness Policies or other district policies/regulations to prohibit the use of physical activity as punishment.
NEW! School Health Funding Alert
The School Health Funding Alert is a service from the School Health Program of the Texas Department of State Health Services. This publication provides funding opportunities for school districts and organizations that serve school-age populations. The Funding Alert is organized in two sections: Current Grant Opportunities with deadlines and Ongoing Grant and Awards Opportunities.
Recommendation and Research on Recess and Physical Activity: Impact on Student Health and Academic, Social and Emotional Development (Word 80K)
REVISED: January 13, 2014 - Attached is research and subsequent recommendations on the impact of recess and physical activity on student health and academic, social and emotional development as compiled and approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their May 5, 2008 meeting. This document was prepared specifically to support local school districts in their efforts to comply with SB530, passed during the 80th legislative session.
Resources for Students and Families: Dealing with an Economic Crisis (Word 92K)
REVISED: January 13, 2014 - The current economic situation has impacted almost everyone, some much more than others. Some students and their families are struggling for basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter. Others have to find different ways to fund post-secondary education. In any case, those working in schools need resources and ideas to provide to students and families dealing with the economic crisis. This document was compiled by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee and approved on March 23, 2009. Click on the title of this notification to access links to resources that may assist school personnel to help those impacted by an economic downturn.
SHAC Meeting Agenda Topics
In addition to the regular business conducted at SHAC meetings, there is benefit for members to learn about topics of interest, engage in relevant discussions, and coordinate initiatives that impact the operation of the SHAC. This document lists topics for meetings that you may want to consider. Links are provided for access to resources. To access this document, go to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/shadviseresources.shtm.
NEW! Students with food allergies at risk for anaphylaxis EMERGENCY CARE PLAN for the school
These two documents provides the school with an emergency care plan for students at risk for anaphylaxis. One document can be filled out on line and the second document is printable only.
ALERT! 2013 Legislation 83rd Legislative Session as of 6-17-2013
This document provides the reader with a summary of legislation that has become law during this most recent session and which may have an impact on school health.
REVISED! Annual SHAC Progress Report to Local School Board
As a result of the 2009 81st Legislative Session, school health advisory councils (SHACs) are required to report directly to the district school board at least once annually with a detailed account of SHAC activities and recommendations. To help SHACs with this requirement, the the Texas School Health Advisory Committee developed a sample template for the required annual progress report in the form of a power point along with accompanying instructions for its use. Both are attached here for free download. The power point presentation, revised in 2013, has been developed to be customized for local use.
REVISED! Recommendation and Research on Health Education for all Texas Students K-12 Grade Revised 1-14-13 (Word 105KB)
Revisions to Recommendation and Research on Health Education for all Texas Students, Kindergarten through 12th Grade were approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their January 14, 2013 meeting. This document was prepared specifically to support local school districts in their efforts to recommend a half credit of health education as a graduation requirement for all high school students.
A sample school district resolution is also provided for School Health Advisory Councils to use if making the same recommendation to their local school board.
Sample resolution: Recommendation and Research on Health Education for all Texas Students (Word 53K)
REVISED! Coordinated School Health Resource Data Links - Revised 1-14-13 (Word 146KB)
Revisions to the Coordinated School Health Resource Data Sets were approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their January 14, 2013 meeting. The Data Sets were created to provide easy access to school health related data to assist you with identifying areas that can be addressed in your Campus Improvement Plans/ District Improvement Plans, for grant-writing purposes, and to provide data for mandatory reports.
REVISED! School Health Services Staff Roles - Revised 1-14-13 (Word 136KB)
With more children entering school with complex medical issues, schools are challenged to match the available resources and the needs of students in the development of school health services. The Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.012 outlines requirements for school boards to follow to implement or expand school health services. Although there are different models implemented throughout the state, Recommended School Health Services Staff Roles guidelines, revised and approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their January 14, 2013 meeting, outlines a local model that is reflective of state laws, professional licensing and best practices.
ALERT! Call for Best Practice Programs and Resources
School districts, agencies and organizations continue to move toward accountability to develop effective and efficient programs that meet the needs of students and their families. Pressure to document impact, effectiveness, and efficiency generates concern over “what works?” The Texas School Health Advisory Committee (TSHAC) is committed to helping schools locate “best practice” programs and resources and sharing them via the TSHAC Web site. This is a call for “best practice” programs in an effort to share them with other school staff from around the state. There is no deadline by which to submit your application. This is an ongoing opportunity. You will be notified within 8 weeks if your program is accepted for posting. To access the Guidelines for Submission of a Best Practice on the TSHAC website and to download an application, go to www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/shadviseresources.shtm.
NEW! Recommendations for Sodium Reduction in Schools
The Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Partnership of the Texas Department of State Health Services has developed a document that addresses the reduction of sodium intake as outlined in the United States Department of Agriculture 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as it relates to schools. The Goal II Workgroup of the Partnership, in collaboration with the Texas School Health Advisory Committee, created “Recommendations for Reducing Sodium Intake in the School Setting (2012)” to provide recommended strategies for sodium reduction to school districts and school nutrition practitioners.
NEW! Guidelines for the Care of Students with Food Allergies At-Risk for Anaphylaxis
In response to the increase in students with diagnosed food allergies at-risk for anaphylaxis, Senate Bill 27 (2011, 82nd Legislative Session) amends Chapter 38 of the Texas Education Code by adding Section 38.0151. This section requires the Board of Trustees of each school district and the governing body or appropriate officers of open-enrollment charter schools to adopt and administer a policy for the care of students with diagnosed food allergy at risk for anaphylaxis.
This document is intended to serve as a reference and illustrative guide for local school boards or charter school leadership to utilize in creating and implementing school district policies and administrative regulations. Any portion of this document may be reproduced for educational purposes or policy development.
NEW! 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, 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.
NEW! Friday Beat Promotional Flyer
The Friday Beat is an excellent vehicle for delivering the latest news and information regarding school health issues and topics. Many of you that read the Friday Beat forward it to interested parties who may “need to know” or want to add value to their efforts in school health education or services. Once a new stakeholder sees benefit in the Friday Beat, it is easy for them to be a subscriber, too. In order to assist you in “getting the word out” to interested parties about the Friday Beat, a flyer has been developed outlining benefits of and access to the publication. Feel free to download the flyer and distribute to colleagues and groups or simply forward it to those you feel would benefit from knowing.