Student Health

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District School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

Every school district in Texas is required to establish a School Health Advisory Council. The council “assists the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district’s health education instruction.” The eight components of coordinated school health are:

  • health education,

  • nutrition services,

  • health services,

  • healthy and safe school environment,

  • counseling and mental health services,

  • staff wellness promotion,

  • parent and community involvement, and

  • physical education.

The School Health Advisory Council meets 4 times a year. For information about serving on the School Health Advisory Council, contact Tamiko Ellis at 817-252-2014.

Health Services Department

The school nurse, a health specialist, is the member of the total educational team who is primarily concerned with the whole child: his optimal physical, mental, emotional, and social development. The primary objective of school nursing is to strengthen the educational process of children and youth by assisting them to improve or to adapt to their health status. In collaboration with other educators, the school nurse utilizes the school health program to contribute significantly to the fullest attainment of health and educational potential of each individual student.

The Castleberry I.S.D. strives to:

  • assist in assuring the attainment of optimum health for each student.

  • provide appropriate modification of the general curriculum to meet the needs of physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually handicapped students.

  • provide and maintain facilities and personnel that promote healthful living opportunities while students are under the school's jurisdiction and provide the curriculum offerings that will enable students to make intelligent decisions about personal, family, and community health.

The goal of the Castleberry School Health Program is to prepare the pupil upon maturity to assume the responsibility for his/her own health and the health of others.

Bacterial Meningitis Information

Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord--also called the meninges. It can be caused by viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria. Viral (aseptic) meningitis is common; most people recover fully. Medical management of viral meningitis consists of supportive treatment and there is usually no indication for the use of antibiotics. Parasitic and fungal meningitis are very rare. Bacterial meningitis is very serious and may involve complicated medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, and life support management.

Medication Policy

If it is necessary for a student to have medication in order to remain in school, his/her physician and parent are requested to complete the Medication Permit Form (found on the Procedures and Forms page) and return it to the school nurse. The medication must have a pharmacy label stating the student’s name, medication’s name, dosage, doctor’s name and prescription date. Non-prescription medication will not be administered. All medicines are required to be brought to the school nurse in the original container to be administered by school personnel.

K-12 Exercise Policy

The District will ensure that students in elementary school engage in 30 minutes of physical activity per day or 135 minutes per week. The District offers 45 minutes a day to students in middle school. For information regarding the District’s adopted policies regarding elementary student physical activity requirements, please see the principal or Athletic Department.

Annually, the district will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students in grades 3–12. At the end of the school year, a parent may submit a written request to the school principal to obtain the results of his or her child’s physical fitness assessment conducted during the school year.