School & After-School Care (K-12)

2019 Legislative Session bills that are relevant to K-12 school & after-school care research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living can be viewed below.

Physical Activity / Physical Education / Recess

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2017)
HB 76 State Rep. Dan Huberty

Voted on by Senate - 5/20/19

A student must have an electrocardiogram or an echocardiogram as part of the physical examination prerequisite for competition in UIL sports. Companion Bill SB 1921
SB 1921 State Sen. Carol Alvarado

Referred to Education- 3/19/19

A student must have an electrocardiogram or an echocardiogram as part of the physical examination prerequisite for competition in UIL sports. Companion Bill HB 76
HB 128 State Rep. Gina Hinojosa

Voted on by House - 4/16/19

School districts must offer to provide parents with a copy of their child's physical fitness assessment results before the end of the school year.
HB 340 State Rep. Philip Cortez

Left pending in committee - 3/13/19

Pre-K to G2 must have a daily recess of at least 30 minutes.
HB 455 State Rep. Alma A. Allen

Voted on by Senate - 5/20/19

The agency will develop model recess policies, including guidelines for outdoor equipment/facilities. Requires ISD's to adopt a recess policy based on the model policies, in coordination with local School Health Advisory Council and approved by Boards of Trustee, to be reviewed every 5 years. Recess policies must specify number minutes per week, and the withholding of recess as discipline. Companion Bill SB 364 Builds on HB 2884 (2017), which failed to pass; was passed out of committee but did not receive a House vote.
SB 364 State Sen. Kirk Watson

Out of House Committee - 5/6/19

The agency will develop model recess policies, including guidelines for outdoor equipment/facilities. Requires ISD's to adopt a recess policy based on the model policies, in coordination with local School Health Advisory Council and approved by Boards of Trustee, to be reviewed every 5 years. Recess policies must specify number minutes per week, and the withholding of recess as discipline.Companion Bill HB 455 Builds on HB 2884 (2017), which failed to pass; was passed out of committee but did not receive a House vote.
HB 2393 State Rep. Dustin Burrows

Voted on by House - 4/26/19

Authorizes the development of a hunter education program for grades 7 through 12 to be used as part of the PE curriculum. Companion Bill SB 2183
SB 2183 State Sen. Charles Perry

Referred to Education - 3/21/19

Authorizes the development of a hunter education program for grades 7 through 12 to be used as part of the PE curriculum. Companion Bill HB 2393

School Health Advisory Council

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2017)
SB 427 State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Referred to Education - 2/14/19

Adds nutritionist/RDs and local PH officials to the list of groups from which Boards of Trustees may appoint SHAC members.
SB 441 State Sen. Donna Campbell

Referred to Education - 2/14/19

Makes SHACs optional and at the discretion of the district Board of Trustees.
HB 4193 State Rep. Steve Allison

Referred to Public Education - 3/25/19

Defines health as required by TEC as (i) physical health (PA and nutrition), (ii) mental health and (iii) suicide prevention; involves SHACs in making policy recommendations to increase parental awareness of suicide prevention resources. Companion Bill SB 1390
SB 1390 State Sen. Jose Menendez Out of House Committee- 5/17/19 Defines health as required by TEC as (i) physical health (PA and nutrition), (ii) mental health and (iii) suicide prevention; involves SHACs in making policy recommendations to increase parental awareness of suicide prevention resources. Companion Bill HB 4193
SB 1556 State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. Referred to Education - 3/14/19 Requires that SHACs assess marketing of food on school property and make recommendations to counteract or limit unhealthy food advertising.
SB 1854 State Sen. Angela Paxton Voted on by Senate - 5/2/19 Includes SHACs as entities to be governed by existing open meetings law and the public information law.


School Meals

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2017)
SB 1314 State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.

Referred to Education - 3/7/19

Requires school districts to justify not participating in Community Eligibility Provision of the HHFKA; defines acceptable actions in the case of a student who has a delinquent meal account.
HB 2954 State Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos

Referred to Public Education - 3/12/19

Requires that school districts extend a grace period for payment of school meals of at least 2 weeks, that the student not be publicly identified, and that the school help enroll the student in the FRP meal program.
HB 3146 State Rep. Thresa Meza

Left pending in committee - 4/17/19

Requires all public schools and open-enrollment charter schools to provide vegan option for breakfast and lunch.
HB 1017 State Rep. Armando Martinez

Out of House Committee- 4/24/19

Requires schools with 50% or more students eligible for free & reduced lunch to donate food to a nonprofit organization to be distributed to students.
HB 3210 State Rep. Armando Martinez

Left pending in committee - 4/1/19

Establishes guidelines for schools to be eligible to participate in the Thirty Percent Texas Initiative, intended to promote consumption of Texas-grown food in school lunches.
SB 1645 State Sen. Borris L. Miles Referred to Education - 3/14/19 Further defines what and how schools should donate unused food, requiring a food handlers license and certain safety regulations.

School Water

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2017)
HB 997 State Rep. Nicole Collier

Out of House Committee - 4/26/19

Schools must conduct "first-draw tap" test of potable water for lead every 5 years and must take immediate action if elevated levels are found.
HB 2998 State Rep. James Talarico

Failed to receive affirmative vote in committee - 5/6/19

Requires the replacement or filtering of all lead pipes serving as drinking water lines for public school, private schools or child care facilities. Establishes periodic testing for lead and requires closure of any drinking water outlet that tests for elevated levels of lead within 24 hours.
HB 3053 State Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins

Left pending in committee - 4/16/19

Introduces a "Healthy and Safe School Water Plan" that requires periodic testing for lead in schools' potable water, directs TEA and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to develop a model plan, and makes funds available for testing.

Other School & After-School Care (K-12) Related Bills

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2017)
HB 1069 State Rep. Four Price

Referred to Public Health - 2/26/19

Adds mental health to measurable district health objectives, adds oral health to CSH, highlights the need to accommodate students with mental health or substance abuse issues, enhanced staff development around mental health conditions, substance abuse, bullying, suicide prevention, and grief/trauma counseling.
SB 1313 State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.

Out of House Committee - 5/15/19

Establishes a pilot program to develop and implement a school-based demonstration program to address childhood obesity in Texas border counties.
SB 299 State Sen. Borris L. Miles

Referred to Education - 2/7/19

Requires schools (including open-enrollment charter) to notify parents if nurse, school counselor, or librarian is not on campus full-time.

School, Child Care, and After-School Health Resources

  1. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Overview; US Department of Agriculture

  2. Nutrition Standards for CACFP Meals and Snacks; US Department of Agriculture

  3. National After-School Association, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (PDF).

  4. Guide for Recess Policy (PDF). SHAPE America (Society of Health And Physical Educators), 2016.

  5. Strategies for Supporting Recess in Elementary Schools (PDF). Bridging the Gap, 2014

  6. Cooper Institute website: About FitnessGram student fitness testing

  7. Institute of Medicine Fact Sheet: Strengthening Schools as the Heart of Health (PDF)

  8. Webinar: The Whole Child Model: Why school leaders care so much about student, staff, and teacher wellness; featuring Frisco ISD superintendent Jeremy Lyon, PhD.

  9. School Nutrition Environment and Wellness Resources; US Department of Agriculture.

  10. Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) website; National School Health Program

  11. Brighter Bites website; nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to families at school

  12. 3 Tips for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water: Establishing a Lead Testing Program; United States Environmental Protection Agency

  13. State Approaches to Testing School Drinking Water for Lead in the United States, Research Project Description; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health