The Texas Comprehensive School Health Network is a collaborative effort of the Texas Department of Health and Regional Education Service Centers. Through this project, each of the ESCs is staffed with a School Health Specialist who provides in-service training, workshops, and technical assistance to school districts. The school health program at Region 15 assists schools in locating resources and materials on a wide variety of health and wellness topics, works with district school health advisory councils, and assists school wellness programs. It is our mission to assist districts by being a central coordinating point for the many health education topics and assist districts in developing an integrated, coordinated approach to health and wellness programs.
A summary of legislation which may have an impact on school health that has become law during this most recent session can be found at www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/default.shtm under the heading “Of special interest within this site”.
TEXAS SCHOOL NURSE ORGANIZATION (TSNO)
The mission of the Texas School Nurses Organization is to advance the practice of professional school nurses and enhance school nursing practice in ways that promote students optimal level of wellness and educational success.
To become the leading resource for professional school nurse practice and quality school health services in Texas.
School Health Advisory Councils
What is a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?
A SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, appointed by the school district to serve at the district level, to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning.
SHACs provide an efficient, effective structure for creating and implementing age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.
Benefits of Having a SHAC
- Addressing the health needs of students through the work of the SHAC, helps meet district performance goals and alleviates financial constraints.
- SHACs play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents and community stakeholders.
- SHACs can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the health knowledge and skills children need to be healthy for a lifetime.
SHAC Laws in Texas
Every independent school system is required by law to have a School District Health Advisory Council; of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district. Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.28.htm#28.004 details the specifics of this mandate.
Click on the following link to access the SHAC Guide for Texas School Districts: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/SHACGuide2007.pdf
To receive training to complement the information you will find in the SHAC guide contact Sarah Smith, Child Nutrition Specialist 325-481-4028
School Health Services
2013-2014 Immunization Requirements
State law requires students in Texas schools tobe immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Go to the Immunization Branch’s website at www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtmfor the latest immunization requirements for attendance in school. The website also has additional informationsuch as related websites and resources; policies and the law; a letter toparents from Assistant Commissioner, Janna Zumbrun; and, exclusions fromimmunization requirements.
In 1985 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 832 which requires screening for abnormal spinal curves for students in grades 6 and 9 attending public and private schools. The school is then required to notify the parents if a child shows any signs of a possible curvature. Screening should be done during the growth spurt years, ages 10-14 years (Grades 5-9), to detect spinal deformities early.
The screening requirement for children entering grades 6 and 9 may be met if the child has been screened for spinal deformities by a physician and a record has been provided. Schools may implement a program that includes screening in the 5th and 8th grades, instead of grades 6 and 9.
ESC-15 offers spinal certification classes throughout the year. Go to www.esc15.net to register.
Vision and Hearing Screening
The Vision and Hearing Screening Program, Texas Health and Safety Code requires that all children enrolled for the first time in any public, private, parochial, or denominational school or in a Department of Family and Protective Services licensed child-care center and licensed child care home in Texas, or who meet certain grade criteria (specified below), must be screened or have a professional examination for possible vision and hearing problems.
- 4-years-old by September 1st
- Any other first-time entrants
- (4 years* through 12th grade) must be screened within 120 days of admission
- 1st-, 3rd-, 5th- and 7th--graders must be screened anytime within the school year (preferably within first semester)
Elijah Brown, MPH
Vision, Hearing and Spinal Screening Program
Department of State Health Services
ESC-15 offers vision certification, hearing certification, and vision/hearing recertification classes throughout the year. Go to www.esc15.net to register.
(Risk Assessment for Type II Diabetes)
UTPA Border Health Office ANTES Program:
University of Texas - Pan American
1201 W. University Dr, Edinburg TX 78539
Phone: (956) 318 8900
Fax: (956) 318 8903
New! An online Acanthosis Nigricans Screening program is being created and is expected to go live in September 2012. As new information becomes available, it will be posted on this page.
Guidelines for Training School Employees Who Are Not Licensed Healthcare Professionals
House Bill (HB) 984, 79[R], relates to the care of students with diabetes in schools. The bill mandates that principals identify unlicensed personnel to assist with caring for students during the regular school day or while participating in a school activity. The bill also mandates that the Texas Diabetes Council (TDC) develop guidelines for training school personnel to be diabetes care assistants.
Guidelines for Training School Employees who are not Licensed Healthcare Professionals to implement House Bill 984 (79th Legislature) related to the Care of Elementary and Secondary School Students with diabetes
ESC-15 offer UDCA trainings throughout the year. Go to www.esc15.net to register.
Bloodborne Pathogen Control
in Texas Schools
As a result of legislation passed in 1999, Texas public school districts are required to implement bloodborne pathogen exposure control plans. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) School Health Program compiled information and resources to assist public school districts in adapting policies to ensure compliance with Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 96 (Bloodborne Pathogen Control) of the Texas Administrative Code (§§96.101, 96.201-96.203, 96.301-96.304, 96.401-96.402, 96.501, 96.601) and Chapter 81 of the Health & Safety code (§§ 81.301- 81.306). Click on the following link to access the resources:
Helpful Resources and/or Websites
Texas School Nurse Organization
National Association of School Nurses
Texas Department of Health
Texas Education Agency
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
American Cancer Society
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education
MacGILL Discount School Nurse Supplies
School Health Corporation
School Nurse Supply
Guidelines for use by local Boards ofTrustees of school districts and governing bodies of open-enrollment charterschools have been developed to address the increase in students with diagnosedfood allergies at-risk for anaphylaxis. To access the Guidelines for Careof Students with Food Allergies at Risk for Anaphylaxis, go to www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/Food-Allergies.aspx.
Availability ofCommunicable Disease Chart and Notes for Schools and Child-Care Centers
Themuch-anticipated and revised Communicable Disease Chart and Notes forSchools and Child-Care Centers from the Texas Department of StateHealth Services is ready. It includes information about prevalentdiseases/conditions for school and child-care facility staff members to be usedin day-to-day operations. The following information in included for 43conditions:
· Incubation · Transmission · Signsand symptoms · Exclusionand readmission criteria · Whetherit’s a reportable condition
· Immunization · Comments on prevention, treatment etc.
Inthe “Notes” section there is information about when a communicable disease issuspected, hand washing, diapering, environmental surfaces and personal items,respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette, standard precautions, immunization andantibiotic use. To order, go to https://secure.immunizetexasorderform.com/default.aspand request item number 6-30.
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