Coordinated School Health

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School Health Program LogoCSH must be directed toward the needs of students,
responsive to the needs of families and
reflective of the values of the local community.

Coordinated School Health (CSH) is an integrated, systematic set of planned, sequential, school-affiliated strategies, activities and services designed to advance student academic performance and promote their optimal physical, emotional, social and educational development.  It is coordinated by a multidisciplinary team that is accountable to the community for program quality and effectiveness.  By addressing health-related issues, schools not only foster student's academic achievements, but also help to establish healthy behaviors that last a lifetime. 

8-Component Model
Modeled after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 8-Component Model, CSH consists of eight health-related areas covering all aspects of the school environment that are linked together to function and coordinate as a unified, effective system to the benefit of the entire school community.

Click on a link below the CSH model graphic for a description of each component, benefits to students and links to helpful resources.    

STATUTES AND RULES/CRITERIA

Statute
All Texas school districts are required by law to implement a coordinated school health program in grades K-8. Click on www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.38.htm#38.013 to review this section; in Title 2, Chapter 38, Section 38.013 of the Texas Education Code.

Rules/Criteria
To find out the current criteria for development of a coordinated school health program that may be considered for implementation by the Texas Education Agency, view the Commissioner’s Rules shown here, as published in the Texas Administrative Code:
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Coordinated School Health Guide
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Coordinated School Health Program:  A Guide for Texas School Districts
This guide is designed for those interested in implementing a coordinated school health program as well as those who want to jumpstart or fine tune an existing one.  It provides basic information on how to start up a CSH program and assess results.  It is copyright free and can be downloaded, copied and shared.

Technical support and resources
The following organizations can provide additional information on and technical support for CSH:

  • Texas Education Agency
    Provides information related to public education in Texas and TEA approved CSH programs.
    www.tea.state.tx.us/index.aspx?id=2810

  • Square Meals: Texas Department of Agriculture
    Provides access to a wide range of Texas child nutrition programs, policies and resources.
    www.squaremeals.org

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    Provides information on how to assess, implement and evaluate CSH programs.
    www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth
Last updated January 30, 2014