Texas: Health Policies

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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State law recommends wellness program for school staff.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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State law encourages districts to adopt suicide prevention policies.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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State law allows waivers for religious or moral reasons.

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State law addresses vaccinations.

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State law requires districts to address water quality in schools.

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

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

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State law addresses Coordinated School Health, but not WSCC.

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