School Health Program



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Division for Disease Control and Prevention Services

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 Texas School Health Advisory Committee
 Texas School Nurse Program

School Health


The three projects listed above make up the School Health Program.

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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:

Texas School Health Advisory Council – Call for applications for membership – NEW Deadline: August 7, 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  Thirteen positions are open to applicants that qualify in the following categories: Parent (3), Registered Nurse (1), School Health Educator (1), School Physical Educator (1), School Nutritionist (1), School Counselor (1), School Administrator/Superintendent/School board member (2) and Agency/Organization member (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.

“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. This survey is the first national survey that will collect a uniform national school nursing data set.  This will allow for the aggregate data to be utilized in promoting school nursing.

For more information on the national data collection project, please go to  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 For your information, the survey questions are provided here.  For more information or questions, contact Anita Wheeler-Hill, MSN, RN.


Research and Recommendations on Student Consumption of Regular and Diet Sodas in High Schools
REVISED:  May 11, 2015 The school environment has a strong impact on influencing the consumption of nutrient rich foods of our school children. It is important to establish regulations that create a healthier environment and promote healthy foods and beverages.  It has also been a concern that sweetened and unsweetened carbonated beverages displaces the consumption of healthier beverages. Linked here are revised research and the subsequent recommendations on the availability of sodas in Texas high schools as approved by the TSHAC membership at their May 11, 2015 meeting. The recommendations relating to beverages sold or served to students are to provide support and recommendations to the Texas Department of Agriculture in order to provide assistance in implementing Texas Public School Policy regulations in an effort to create a healthy school environment


Annual SHAC Progress Report to Local School Board
REVISED:  May 11, 2015
 - 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 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 2015, can be customized for local use.


Coordinated School Health Resource Data Sets
REVISED:  May 11, 2015
- Revisions to the Coordinated School Health Resource Data Sets were approved by the Texas School Health Advisory Committee at their May 11, 2015 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. 


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

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

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.









Last updated November 04, 2015