Compiled by the TSHAC, the Resources section provides the most authoritative information, best practices, technical support, references, research and legislative outcomes currently available to support school leaders in their efforts to promote and practice health education and health services within the school setting.
Call for Best Practice Programs and Resources – Texas School Health Advisory Committee
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.
Resolution on Obesity Prevention in Texas Public Schools
NEW: May 12, 2014 - The purpose of the Obesity Prevention Resolution is to enable School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) to provide support to their school district as they work towards improving nutrition education, access to healthy foods, strengthen physical education and physical activity opportunities before, during and after school, and create joint-use agreements to allow access to make recreational facilities available to the community during non-school hours. A cover letter accompanies the Resolution which describes its purpose and how to use it.
Children's Mental Health Disorder Fact Sheets for the Classroom
NEW: June 3, 2014 - These fact sheets, produced by the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, are two-sided quick summaries of common childhood mental health disorders, with a description, educational implications, some intervention ideas, and other resources.
Resolution Supporting Inclusive Practices for Students with Exceptionalities in Texas Public Schools
NEW: May 12, 2014 - Resolution from the district School Health Advisory Council to the school board that affirms that all students with exceptionalities shall be provided a high quality, inclusive education with full and meaningful access to the general education curriculum.
Resources for Students and Families Dealing with 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.
School Health Initiative Screening Tool
REVISED: January 10, 2013 - Attached is a sample screening tool and guidelines revised and approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their January 10, 2013 meeting to assist School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) in the evaluation of programs and projects submitted that provide information and services to students, staff and the community. Use it to review curriculum, programs from outside agencies or projects that the SHAC is considering implementing. The questionnaire is not inclusive of all the issues that a district should consider, but designed to identify areas for consideration and the need to seek additional information.
Annual SHAC Progress Report to Local School Board
REVISED: January 10, 2013 - 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, can be customized for local use.
Topics for SHAC Meetings
Revised: October 24, 2014 - 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.
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.
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 (DSHS), 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.
Coordinated School Health Resource Data Sets
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.
School Health Services Staff Roles
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.
Texas Whole Child Guidebook
This new guidebook proposes a broader definition of achievement and accountability that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. This guidebook is a roadmap to that success.
School Health Advisory Council Self-Assessment
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 do; is it meeting its objectives, and if so, to what extent will the objectives be accomplished by the target date? Here are some questions to help evaluate how well the SHAC is functioning. An effective SHAC should be able to answer “yes” to each question. The SHAC may consider including the results of the self-assessment in their annual report to the school board.
Asthma Communications Toolkit
The purpose of this Asthma Communications Kit is to provide school leaders with a one-stop online resource to obtain information, forms and templates to communicate about asthma management in schools with staff, parents, the community and the media. It was created by American Association of School Administrators and the National School Boards Association with support from with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health. This toolkit is available to members and non-members alike.
School Wellness Checklist for Administrators (Word 116K)
Providing a healthy school environment that encourages learning is a priority for school leaders. The American Association of School Administrators provides information, resources and support to school leaders on this issue through various projects that focus on children. This short checklist focuses on the prominent wellness issues affecting schools and provides action steps leaders can take to ensure a healthy academic environment.
School Connectedness: Improving the Lives of Students (PDF 4MB)
School connection is the belief by students that adults in the school care about their learning and about them as individuals. Students are more likely to succeed when they feel connected to school. Attached is “School Connectedness: Improving the Lives of Students” authored by Robert Blum MD, MPH, PhD of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This report was approved by the TSHAC membership at their November 17, 2007 TSHAC meeting as a premier, authoritative and comprehensive resource for school personnel looking for timely and effective information on school connectedness.
Whole Child Resolution Tool Kit (PDF, 457K)
To be prepared for success in the 21st century, our students need a well-rounded, challenging education and we need to ensure that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. parents, educators and community members can help turn political rhetoric through awareness of this timely initiative simply by asking policymakers in the community to support a resolution that addresses these five basic needs. The Whole Child Resolution Tool Kit has the information necessary to pass a whole child resolution in a community — an important first step in building support across the country.