Coordinated School Health 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.
CSH consists of eight health-related areas covering all aspects of the school health education and services for the benefit and well-being of students in establishing healthy behaviors designed to last their lifetime.
All Texas schools are required by law to implement a coordinated school health program in grades K-8.
The eight components of a coordinated school health plan are:
Health Education: A planned, K-12 curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional and social dimensions of health.
Physical Education: A planned K-12 curriculum that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; games; team, dual, and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics.
Health Services: Services provided for students to appraise, protect, and promote health.
Nutrition Services: Access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students. School nutrition programs reflect the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other criteria to achieve nutrition integrity.
Counseling and Psychological Services: Services provided to improve students' mental, emotional, and social health. These services include individual and group assessments, interventions, and referrals.
Healthy School Environment: The physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psychosocial climate and culture of the school. Factors that influence the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it, any biological or chemical agents that are detrimental to health, and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, and lighting.
Health Promotion for Staff: Opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education and health-related fitness activities.
Family/Community Involvement: An integrated school, parent, and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students.
CATCH - CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is a TEA approved Coordinated School Health Program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in elementary school aged children.
The Round Rock ISD Health Advisory Council meets every other month.
For further information on the Coordinated School Health program, visit the Texas Department of Health Services website.