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Coordinated School Health Program

Definition

Coordinated School Health (CSH) is a systemic approach of advancing student academic performance by promoting, practicing and coordinating school health education and services for the benefit and well-being of students in establishing healthy behaviors designed to last their lifetime.

 

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is an expansion and update of the Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach. The WSCC model joins the components of CSH and the tenets of the whole child approach of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). The WSCC model focuses its attention on the child, emphasizes a school-wide approach, and acknowledges learning, health, and the school as being a part and reflection of the local community.
 

Coordinated School Health FAQ

Coordinated School Health is a comprehensive approach to promoting the health and well-being of students and staff. The original Coordinated School Health model included 8 components: nutrition services, physical education, health education, health services, counseling and support services, healthy school environment, health promotion for staff, and family/community involvement. Through the coordinated approach, each component works synergistically with the other components to maximize health/wellness benefits to the campus community.
 
The original 8-component Coordinated School Health model has been updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
 
School districts are required to provide training and implement an approved Coordinated School Health Program in each elementary, middle, and junior high school in the district.
 
The list of the currently approved Coordinated School Health Programs can be found on the TEA website at the following web address: Approved Coordinated School Health Programs | Texas Education Agency

ESC 20's Role

The Education Service Center, Region 20 School Health Program provides training and technical assistance to school districts in the comprehensive development of health programs. The goal is to provide districts with information to meet the State-mandated requirements related to school health services, physical education, health education, School Health Advisory Councils, and Coordinated School Health.
 
In addition, the School Health Program facilitates collaboration between schools and community health agencies to establish programs which prevent disease and advocate health and wellness for students and staff.
 
***Disclaimer*** ESC 20 may also facilitate the dissemination of information about training and technical assistance to school districts from our supporting partners and agencies to make you aware of Continuing Education Credit opportunities for professional licensure. ESC 20 takes no responsibility for the offerings by our partners except to communicate the opportunities to the professional community. However, we are here to assist with issues.

COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a continually evolving public health concern that has impacted school operations.  It is important for LEAs to stay up-to-date with current guidelines from the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local health authorities.  Information is provided below on frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 in the school setting.  Resources are provided to connect LEAs with current guidelines for school operations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

COVID-19 FAQ

The Texas Education Agency provides Public Health Guidance related to COVID-19 for LEAs to follow on their website. The guidance is updated as changes occur at the state and national level with regard to COVID-19.  The Public Health Guidance can be found at the following web address: COVID-19 Support: Public Health Orders | Texas Education Agency
The Texas Department of State Health Services has developed readmission criteria for students who have or are suspected of having COVID-19. This information can be found at the following website: COVID-19 School Readmission Criteria (texas.gov)
 
The Texas Department of State Health Services Communicable Disease Chart for Schools and Child Care Centers has been updated to include COVID-19. The chart includes guidance on exclusion and readmission criteria related to COVID-19. 2021 Communicable Disease Chart | Texas DSHS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools website provides information and best practices related to COVID-19 prevention in a school setting. The website is updated as changes occur at the national level with regards to COVID-19. Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools | CDC
The Texas Department of State Health Services Coronavirus 2019 website contains information related to vaccines, case counts, county trends, and Executive Orders issued by the Governor related to COVID-19. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (texas.gov)
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District maintains a COVID-19 website for residents. The website contains a dashboard with current case counts and vaccination rates, testing and vaccine locations, as well as resources for schools. Home - City of San Antonio
If an individual who has been in a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must notify the local health department. In addition, if any student, teacher, staff member, or visitor at a school is test-confirmed to have COVID-19, the school must submit a report to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The report must be submitted each Monday for the prior seven days (Monday-Sunday) and is submitted via an online form at the following web address: COVID-19 Public School Case... - Home (quickbase.com)
 

**NOTE: Reporting information may change at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

For additional information on COVID-19 reporting requirements for LEAs, visit the Texas Education Agency website at the following web address: COVID-19 Support: Public Health Orders | Texas Education Agency
No, the COVID-19 vaccine is not required for students enrolled in child-care, Pre-K, or K-12 schools.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on who should isolate and isolation guidelines on their website at the following web address: Isolate If You Are Sick | CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides quarantine guidelines for both individuals who are fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on their website at the following web address: COVID-19: When to Quarantine | CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information for fully vaccinated individuals, including an explanation of “fully vaccinated” based on vaccine type on their website at the following web address: When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated | CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidelines for international travel for both individuals who are fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on their website at the following web address: International Travel During COVID-19 | CDC
 
The Texas Department of State Health Services also maintains information for travelers on their COVID-19 website at the following web address: Information for Travelers (texas.gov)