School Nurses

  • Purpose
    ESC Region 11 strives to provide districts and charters with quality professional development, technical assistance, and resources related to the Coordinated School Health Model, including vision, hearing, and spinal screening.

  • VHSS Vision, Hearing and Screening Reporting Update (4/7/2020):

    Due to the uncertainty of school closures, please enter and submit your vision, hearing and spinal screenings for this school year as soon as possible. We understand you may not have all of your screenings done at this time, therefore for this school year, you will be allowed to go back and edit and resubmit your screenings if necessary. This change will allow schools to report now, and if and when schools resume you will be able to finish screenings and edit the screening reports. If you have any questions you may email them to vhssprogram@dshs.texas.gov .

    To submit vision and hearing screening reports, go to https://chrstx.dshs.state.tx.us/Login.aspx .



  • Spinal Screening Reporting Period Begins January 15
    01/13/2020
    The reporting period for spinal screening (VHSS) begins on January 15, 2020. Results are required to be submitted to the Department of State Health Services online at the Child Health Reporting System (CHRS) by June 30 of each year. View the vision, hearing and spinal screening annual reports flyer.

    The last day to submit your report for this school year is June 30, 2020. After June 30, the reporting system shuts down and late reporting cannot be submitted.






  • In accordance with the 83rd Legislature, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in coordination with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and regional education service centers (ESCs), shall provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting. DSHS, TEA, and each ESC shall make the list easily accessible on their website. The list must include programs in the following areas:

    • Early mental health intervention       
    • Mental health promotion and positive youth development        
    • Substance abuse prevention;
    • Substance abuse intervention; and
    • Suicide prevention