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:
“Step UP and Be COUNTED” Campaign and Survey for Texas School Nurses – Deadline: June 15, 2015
This notice serves as both an invitation to participate in this national data collection project as well as give you basic information about the survey. This survey is a collaborative project between the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants, the Texas School Nurse Organization and the Texas Department of State Health Services. For more information on the national data collection project, please go to https://www.nasn.org/Research/StepUpBeCounted. The preference is that each district will collect individual campus level data, combine it for inclusion into the survey, and enter the data as one entry for the school district. However, if there are school districts that are unable to collect cumulative district level data, a way has been provided that the campus level nurse can complete the survey. We ask that the campus level nurses communicate the importance of district level data collection to their administration and try to have data collected at the district level. However, we also allow individual campuses to report into the survey as well. To access the survey, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StepUPandBeCountedTEXAS. For your information, the survey questions are provided here. For more information or questions, contact Anita Wheeler-Hill, MSN, RN.
Texas School Health Advisory Council – Call for applications for membership – Deadline: June 26, 2015
The commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requests your assistance in identifying candidates for appointment to the Texas School Health Advisory Committee (TSHAC). The purpose of the TSHAC is to provide assistance to the State Health Services Council in establishing a leadership role for DSHS in support for and delivery of coordinated school health programs and school health services. The responsibilities of the TSHAC are stated in the rules, which have been posted on the TSHAC website at www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/shadvise.shtm. Thirteen positions are open to applicants that qualify in the following categories: Parent (3), Registered Nurse (1), Health Educator (1), Physical Educator (1), School Nutritionist (1), School Counselor (1), School Administrator/Superintendent/School board (2) and Agency/Organization (3). These are 4-year terms beginning July 1, 2016. Read the solicitation and instructions letter and complete the application to apply. For questions, contact Ellen Smith or call 512-776-2140.
2015 Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health – Call for Applications
EXTENDED DEADLINE: May 4, 2015
The AFE program awards approximately $13,500.00 in CASH prizes to schools and 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. Sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services, School Health Program and funded by the Texas Health Institute and the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation, this initiative, now in its 26th 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. For questions or more information contact Ellen Smith or call 512-776-2140.
Physical Education & Recess as a Platform for Classroom Learning Webinar Presentation
February 5, 2015
84th Legislative Session School Health Related Legislation - 4-23-2015
This document contains school health related legislation taken directly from the official Texas Legislature website. The bills listed in the document have been filed during the 84th session. Click on the bill links to track the progress and current status of a bill. A brief descriptive caption of each bill has been provided.
SHAC Self-Assessment Tool and Self-Assessment Introduction
REVISED: November 10, 2014
It is important for a district School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to periodically assess how well it works. SHAC members should ask themselves whether the SHAC does what it is supposed to; is it meeting its objectives, and if so, to what extent will the objectives be accomplished by the target date? The SHAC Self-Assessment Tool offers questions to help evaluate how well the SHAC is functioning. Access the SHAC Self-Assessment Tool and Introduction at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/shadviseresources.shtm.
Bullying Prevention Toolkit
REVISED: November 10, 2014
In response to national and state concern about the impact of bullying on students, the Texas legislature 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 revised and approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their
November 10, 2014 committee meeting to support schools in their efforts to find effective anti-bullying resources to develop anti-bullying policies and interventions.
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.
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.