|March 22, 2002
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Senate Bill 19 and Coordinated Health Program
In May 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature passed into law Senate
Bill 19 (SB 19). SB 19 addresses children's health through possible
daily physical activity in public schools and a coordinated school
health approach to preventing obesity, cardiovascular disease, and
Type II diabetes in elementary school students. The legislation
was in response to the escalating problem of obesity, cardiovascular
heart disease. This letter pertains only to the coordinated health
component of SB 19. It does not address the separate issue of a
possible State Board of Education rule requiring daily physical
activity for elementary school students.
SB 19 requires the Texas Education Agency to make available to
each school district a coordinated health program and to notify
each district of the availability of the program. Each school district
is required to implement a program approved by the agency in each
elementary school in the district no later than September 1, 2007.
The purpose of this letter is to explain the TEA plan for the implementation
of coordinated health programs in Texas elementary schools.
Beginning this spring, any organization/program that chooses to
be considered for selection by the agency will be invited to send
a complete program description of their program to TEA. The agency
will then develop a list of qualified programs that will be distributed
to school districts.
To further assist districts in choosing an effective program, information
on those programs will also be distributed to districts. For example,
districts will know the cost of each program on the list they receive.
After receiving the list of qualified programs from TEA and the
program comparison, districts will choose a program that best fits
the schools' needs. After selecting a program, the district will
coordinate training through the regional service center or by contacting
the program provider directly.
Attached is a more detailed outline of the TEA plan for the selection
of programs by districts. Additional details or questions can be
directed to Dr. Tommy Fleming, Director of Health and Physical Education,
at (512) 463-9581.
Deputy Commissioner for Programs and Instruction
Attachments: Senate Bill 19 and Coordinated
Health Programs: A State Plan for Reviewing Programs