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:
||Services for Students with Disabilities|
||Wellness and Health Services|
||School-Based Health Centers|
||Individualized Health Plan|
||Student Support Services|
||Student Assistance Programs/Counseling|
||Comprehensive Guidance Program|
- TASB Policy Service provides timely Policy Alerts online behind myTASB. A Policy Alert called Planning for Pandemic Flu, provides useful policy resources relevant to influenza.
- TASB Policy Service provides Starting Points, which are tool kits to assist districts in developing local policies. Starting Points are posted online behind myTASB for Policy Service contacts. A Starting Points is available for policy code FFA on Wellness and Health Services.
- For information on substance abuse and tobacco use, see eSource at Students – Student Conduct and Discipline – Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adolescent and School Health Web Site 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 Web Site provides information on school based health centers, immunization requirements, and other student health information for districts, employees, students, and parents.
- The DSHS’s FAQ addresses admissions issues related to immunizations.
- The DSHS Texas Guide to School Health Programs provides details about school health programs and services, nurses, immunizations, medication information, mental health care, treatments, communicable disease control, emergency care, health education, and other health issues.
- The DSHS Coordinated School Health Program Guide provides districts and local communities with an overview of how to implement a coordinated school health program.
- The Texas Education Agency (TEA) School Health Web Site provides student health information arranged as part of the Coordinated School Health Model, which includes areas such as nutrition services, health services, and counseling and mental health services.
- The TEA Data Impacting Schools and Youth Web Site provides statistics and other information related to student health, such as fact sheets, a school health survey, and related tools.
- The U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web Site 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 Web Site provides information on state laws regarding assistance animals and related resources.
- The U.S. CDC Vaccines and Immunizations Web Site provides information about required immunizations and recommended vaccines like the flu vaccine.
- The DSHS Immunization Branch School and Child-Care Facilities Requirements Web Site 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 TEA H1N1 Flu Information Web Site provides guidance about responding to the H1N1 flu and managing school closures, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, a flu planning checklist, and related forms.
- The U.S. flu.gov School Planning Web Site provides information about H1N1 (swine) and 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 Web Site provides general guidance for flu season and information on continuity of learning during school dismissals due to flu.
- The DSHS Infectious Disease Control Unit Web Site provides information about a variety of communicable diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis.
- The federal AIDS.gov Web Site is a compilation of federal resources on HIV/AIDS.
- The U.S. CDC Web Site provides information about communicable diseases and healthy living.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Prevention Web Site provides information about immunizations, health screenings, drugs, tobacco, nutrition, and other health related information.
- The DSHS School Spinal Screening Guidelines provide information about screening students for spinal curves at particular intervals.
- The DSHS Vision and Hearing Screening Web Site provides regional information, manuals, and requirements and procedures for screening preschoolers and school children.
- The DSHS Texas Diabetes Council Web Site 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 Coordinated School Health Model Web Site provides information on services for students with special needs and pregnant students as well as information on school based Medicaid.
- The TEA School Health - Physical Fitness Assessment Initiative is intended to gather fitness and health data from Texas students.
- The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Food & Nutrition Web Site 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 TDA Food & Nutrition Texas Public School Nutrition Policy addresses foods of minimal nutritional value and nutrition standards as they apply to schools.
- The TEA School Guidance and Counseling Web Site provides information about counselors and counseling programs, answers to frequently asked questions, and related resources.
- The TEA Comprehensive, Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program for Texas Public Schools 4th Edition provides information on counseling programs, such as a program model, detailed responsibilities of counselors and related staff, and a guidance curriculum.
- The U.S. CDC Suicide Prevention Web Site provides facts and statistics about suicide as well as programs to prevent suicide.
- The U.S. DHHS Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Suicide Prevention Resource Center Web Site provides information on suicide, including warning signs, and model programs to prevent suicide.
- The Texas Juvenile Justice Department Web Site provides a searchable database of resources on the prevention of youth problems, such as health and safety and suicide prevention.
- The TEA Pregnancy, Education, and Parenting Web Site 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.