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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.  


Immunization Requirements for Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey

In response to Hurricane Harvey, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, released the following letter to remind school districts of current immunization rules that affect students displaced by Hurricane Harvey and to provide information on how schools can obtain immunization histories for transfer students.

Step Up and Be Counted Survey

It’s time to Step Up and Be Counted!

The survey is open until September 30, 2017 and can be found at: https://survey.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0v7iD8uXJqF9jHn

This is a joint data collection project by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), the National Association of State School Nurse Consultants (NASSNC), and the Texas Department of State Health Services. School nurses collect important data on students’ health and care provided.  NASN and NASSNC are working together to develop a national uniform, standardized data set through this project. The aggregate data will be utilized in promoting school nursing.

Please have only one person enter data for each district or campus to prevent duplicate reporting. Ideally, districts will collect and fill out this information for all schools in their districts. However, if data is not collected and submitted by the district, schools are encouraged to fill in their own campus’s information.

For more information about "Step Up and Be Counted", please visit the National Association of School Nurses website for further information: https://schoolnursenet.nasn.org/stepupbecounted/home

Instructions are provided on each page but if you need additional information, please see the instruction guides below or contact your State Data Champion, Anita Wheeler, MSN, RN at Anita.Wheeler@dshs.texas.gov.

Thank you!




Last updated August 31, 2017