Texas: Health Policies

State law encourages the provision of school counseling or guidance services in elementary grade levels (K-8).

State law encourages the provision of school counseling or guidance services in secondary grade levels (9-12).

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law requires or recommends that all school nurses be properly certified by the state.

State law requires SROs to complete specialized training to meet the safety needs of the school environment.

State law addresses aspects of traditional school-based health services (noted below), but does not formalize a program to aid in the establishment of clinics or health centers on campus for students. Health services provided for may:• Establish a school health board to govern school district health services• Set qualifications and certification required for physicians and health professionals providing school-based health services• Provide financial support for school-based health services• Address community involvement and/or partnership with school-based health services• Provide details as to the type of services provided

State law encourages districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.

State laws encourages districts to establish school-community partnerships to address student needs.

State law encourages districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law recommends wellness program for school staff.

State law encourages state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to support implementation of counseling, psychological, and social services, or requires state agencies to disseminate existing resources.

State law encourages state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to promote positive social and emotional climate, or requires state agencies to disseminate existing resources.

State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance to promote parent and family engagement.

State law does not require districts to adopt search and seizure policies or rules.

State law encourages districts to adopt suicide prevention policies.

State law requires teaching knowledge, attitudes, and skills for making health-promoting decisions and healthy behaviors.

State law recommends that time for PE in elementary school that meets National Standards (150 min/week).

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law recommends that time for PE in middle school that meets National Standards (225 min/week).

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law prohibits any smoking or use of tobacco products on school grounds when students are present and/or requires districts to adopt tobacco-free school policies that address some CDC components.

State law addresses bus safety equipment by authorizing the use of either stop-arm cameras or the installation of school bus seat belts.

State law encourages districts to establish transportation plans or policies that address bus driver safety training.

State law establishes a policy regarding unpaid meal charges that prohibits shaming and/or denying meals.

State law allows waivers for religious or moral reasons.

State law addresses vaccinations.

State law requires districts to address water quality in schools.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law requires creation of health or wellness council at the district-level.

Topic is not addressed in state laws.

State law requires creation of health or wellness council at the state-level.

State law addresses Coordinated School Health, but not WSCC.

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