Student Health and Welfare
Student health remains an issue of national importance, and federal law requires all school districts to adopt a wellness policy. Texas law and local policies guide other student health practices including immunizations, health screenings, and individual health plans. The following are resources related to students' mental and physical health and wellness.
Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies. Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations. For more information on student health, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:
||Equal Education Opportunity
||Wellness and Health Services
||School-Based Health Centers
||Student Support Services
||Student Assistance Programs/Counseling
||Comprehensive Guidance Program
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adolescent and School Health Website provides information about school health policy and health and academics as well as school health tools and other school health information.
- The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) School Health Program Website provides information on school based health centers, immunization requirements, and other student health information for districts, employees, students, and parents.
- The U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Website provides information about facility accessibility requirements and accommodations, including service animals, for students with disabilities as well as related guidance and technical assistance.
- The Texas Governor Service Dogs Website provides information on state laws regarding assistance animals and related resources.
- The U.S. CDC Vaccines and Immunizations Website provides information about required immunizations and recommended vaccines like the flu vaccine.
- The DSHS Immunization Branch School and Child-Care Facility Requirements Website provides information about the required immunizations for youths as well as the permitted exclusions from the requirements and related forms and other resources.
- The DSHS Communicable Disease Chart for Schools and Child-Care Centers details symptoms and treatment information regarding several diseases as well as exclusion and readmission criteria.
- The U.S. flu.gov School Planning Website provides information about seasonal flu, pandemic flu, H5N1 (bird flu), with answers to frequently asked questions; vaccination basics; food safety; and related tool kits, checklists, and forms.
- The U.S. Department of Education H1N1 Flu Information Website provides general guidance for flu season and information on continuity of learning during school dismissals due to flu.
- The DSHS School Spinal Screening Guidelines provide information about screening students for spinal curves at particular intervals.
- The DSHS Vision and Hearing Screening Website provides regional information, manuals, and requirements and procedures for screening preschoolers and school children.
- The DSHS Texas Diabetes Council Website provides information about the management and treatment of diabetes, including guidelines for training employees who are not licensed health care providers to assist in the care of students with diabetes, as well as related resources.
- The TEA Safe and Healthy Schools Website offers resources for schools related to the Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative and resources to help districts address students’ physical, mental, and social needs.
- The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Food & Nutrition Website provides an overview of nutrition programs, such as the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Summer Feeding Programs, that may be provided by districts.
- The TEA School Guidance and Counseling Website provides information about counselors and counseling programs, answers to frequently asked questions, and related resources.
- The U.S. CDC Suicide Prevention Website provides facts and statistics about suicide as well as programs to prevent suicide.
- The TEA Pregnancy, Education, and Parenting Website provides information on pregnancy related services and an assessment tool for local use in determining the effectiveness of a district's programs for pregnant and parenting students as well as pregnancy and parenting resources.