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    Texas School Health Program
    P.O. BOX 149347, MC1925
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7279
    Fax: 512-776-7555


Texas School Health Program

The Texas School Health Program envisions a Texas where all children are healthy, ready to learn, and prepared to make healthy lifelong choices.  Our mission is to meet the health services and health program needs of Texas children through schools. Current research indicates that by addressing young people’s health, schools can improve student performance.  There is mounting evidence that when schools take action to address health needs of students, they can also meet performance goals and alleviate financial constraints.

While the Texas School Health Program does not regulate schools, we do provide school health leadership, support, and guidance to Texas school districts on comprehensive school health and safety issues regarding the Whole Child, Whole School and Whole Community by:

  • Maintaining the linkage between the Texas Department of State Health Services and school districts as it relates to health promotion and chronic disease;
  • Engaging in collaborative efforts with internal and external partners and stakeholders;
  • Ensuring infrastructure to provide support to schools;
  • Serving as the central source for resources and tools in support of school health evidence-based programs, practices and policies; and 
  • Disseminating timely school health-related information and data.

If you have concerns about your school's environment or programs, we suggest you contact your local school administrator, school board, and/or school health advisory council.  


Voluntary Epinephrine Auto-Injector Policies in Schools Rule Update

In response to Senate Bill 66 from the 84th Legislative Session, 2015, and Senate Bill 579 from the 85th Legislative Session, 2017, the Texas Department of State Health Services, in consultation with the Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee, drafted rules regarding voluntary epinephrine auto-injector policies in schools.  The draft rules are now available for public comment.  You may access the rules in the March 16th edition of the Texas Register (43 TexReg 1567).  Please submit written comments to Schoolhealth@dshs.texas.gov, and please include "Comments on Epinephrine Auto-Injector Rules" in the subject line.  The comment period ends April 15th. 

Questions about the content of the proposal may be directed to Anita Wheeler via email at Anita.Wheeler@dshs.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 776-7279. 

Allergies and Anaphylaxis Web Portal and Reporting Web Form

In response to Subchapter E of the Texas Education Code, Chapter 38, regarding the maintenance, administration, and disposal of epinephrine auto-injectors, the School Health Program has created the new Allergies and Anaphylaxis web portal. This DSHS resource contains information about food allergies, epinephrine auto-injectors, and the Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee. The portal also contains the Epinephrine Auto-Injector Reporting Form for schools to use when reporting the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector to DSHS.  

Immunizations Requirements for Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey



Last updated March 19, 2018