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. In addition, school officials need to know when to report child abuse and neglect and how to respond to other child welfare issues. The following are resources related to students' mental and physical health and welfare.

Student Health
Child Welfare

Student Health

TASB Resources

Other Resources

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adolescent and School Health website provides information about school health policy and other school health information, accessible through an A-Z index..
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) School Health Program website provides a catalog of information on school based health centers, immunization requirements, and other student health information for districts, employees, students, and parents.
  • The U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students website provides links to programs and resources that provide helpful information for addressing student health, including substance abuse.
  • 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.
  • Texas Education Agency's (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.
  • TEA's 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.
  • TEA's 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.

Child Welfare

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' chart Child Welfare Issues in Texas Public Schools (pdf) includes guidance on when and how to report suspected child abuse or neglect to law enforcement or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and other issues related to student welfare, such as foster care and homelessness.
  • For information regarding video cameras in special education classrooms, see eSource at Instruction—Special Education.

Other Resources

  • Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Child Abuse Prevention website provides information on recognizing the signs of child abuse and abuse prevention resources.
  • The Texas Department of State Health Services About Child Protective Services website provides information on recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Child Welfare Information Gateway website provides information about child abuse and neglect, including signs and symptoms, types, consequences, and risk and protective factors as well as resources for preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Child Maltreatment Prevention website provides information about prevention of child abuse and neglect.