Student Health and Welfare

Student Health
Child Welfare

Student Health

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Immunization Requirements and Exceptions (pdf) answers frequently asked questions regarding student immunization and enrollment, including provisional enrollment, specific exemptions, and documentation and notice.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Responding to the Risk of Infectious Disease in Public Schools (pdf) addresses questions regarding communications, health screening, attendance, and employment matters in times of infectious disease, like Ebola, Enterovirus, or pandemic flu.
  • TASB Legal Services' article What do School Districts Need to Know About Epinephrine Auto-Injectors? (pdf) discusses use of epinephrine to treat anaphylaxis on a school campus, including the legal requirements for a district with a policy that authorizes staff or volunteers to administer an unassigned epinephrine auto-injector.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Serving Pregnant and Parenting Students (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about the rights of pregnant and parenting students.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Legal Questions About CBD and Marijuana in Schools (pdf) answers questions about the legality of CBD (cannabidiol) under federal and state laws, including the Texas Compassionate Use Act.
  • TASB Policy Service’s Student Health and Wellness webpage contains links to the FFA(LOCAL) Wellness Policy Worksheet and Wellness Plan template for districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program.

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.
  • 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.