Private Schools Do Have Access to ImmTrac - The Database of Vaccine Records

The discussion of immunization records related to Hurricane Harvey-affected students uncovered that many private schools are not taking advantage of access to ImmTrac in order to obtain immunization records for students. The database may be accessed here.  Access to this information will save time and keep staff from having to collect this information student by student.

In order to gain access, the school must be an authorized user.  Schools may contact their local county department of health to become a registered user or you may call 1-800-348-9158 or email [email protected].

 


 

 

Harvey Trauma Symposium Information


Dr. Asim Shah, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, led a symposium at the Baylor College of Medicine for area educators on identifying and addressing symptoms of post-Hurricane Harvey traumatic stress in children and adults. The information from this symposium may be found here.


November Featured Schools

This is the final month that we are featuring member schools who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey in various ways.  For more information about relief efforts, visit the webpage of the schools.  Abundant Life Christian School, Beth Yeshurun Day School, Emmanuel Episcopal Day School, Knowledge-First Empowerment Academy, Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, St. Thomas Episcopal School, The Oaks Adventist Christian School and The Post Oak School.


The Future of School Finance

TPSA participated in the discussion of what a 21st century education may look like as we reimagine school finance in the state of Texas.  The Texas Public Policy Foundation hosted the discussion.  Private schools were considered part of the solution, along with home schools, represented by Tim Lambert of the Texas Home School Coalition.  Jonathan Butcher of the Goldwater Institute and Marian Wallace from the Lt. Governor's office helped outline possible solutions for all Texas schoolchildren to get the best education for that child.



Epinepherine Auto-Injector Web Reporting Form

There is a new website with information about the new unassigned epinephrine auto-injector law.  This website includes information, resources, and a link to the online reporting form if an auto-injector is used on campus.



Preparing for Study Abroad Emergencies Webinar


The Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center administered by the US Department of Education has put together some information for K-12 schools who offer study abroad opportunities for their students.  

Presenters described the process for addressing emergencies abroad in planning efforts, shared case studies, and highlighted resources and support available when preparing for these incidents.The webinar may be found here.



Teacher Shortage Survey

The TEA collects data every year on teacher shortages across the state.  This year's survey may be found here, and is open until December 18th. 

They would love to get the input of as many private non-profit schools as possible in order to understand where the teaching shortages are in Texas.

 
Senator Van Taylor Honored as Legislator of the Year

At the TPSA Dallas district meeting on October 23rd, Senator Van Taylor was honored as the legislator of the year for sponsoring both the epinephrine auto-injector bill as well as the school marshal bill for private schools.  As a key member of the Senate Education committee he is committed to improving education for all students in Texas, in public schools, charter schools, private schools, and home schools.  According to Taylor, "when private schools do well, we all do well."


Senator Don Huffines, Representative Jodi Laubenburg, Representative Jeff Leach, and Representative Matt Rinaldi also attended the event at Prestonwood Christian Academy hosted by Dr. Larry Taylor and Dr. Shailendra Thomas and spoke to the local private school leaders about the past legislative session and what we have to look forward to going into the 2019 session. 

TPSA is grateful to all of these lawmakers for understanding the importance of private schools and looking out for our independence and autonomy. 



Military Families Support School Choice



A report published last month by EdChoice revealed that military families are strong supporters of school choice.  This is based on findings from a survey of 1,200 active-duty military servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses. 

The magnitude of the support was surprising to the researchers, suggesting that families of the roughly 750,000 school-aged children living in active-duty military households are looking for more options, even in states where no private school choice programs exist.  More details may be found in the CAPE Outlook.

One of the states where no private school choice programs exist is Texas, but the announcement of the retirement of the Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, may change that fact in 2019.  Private school choice programs passed the Senate in 2015 and 2017.  A new Speaker of the House may mean that one of these programs that will help military and other families who need another option may finally pass the House.


 

 

Do you know how dangerous e-cigarettes are for students?  Have you noticed how popular they are?

The CATCH Global Foundation is offering a free program entitled "CATCH My Breath" to middle schools and high schools across the country. 

In a 2016 pilot test of CATCH My Breath, 86 percent of students said they were less likely to try e-cigarettes as a result of the program.

Learn more about this offer here. Schools can sign up to implement the e-cigarette prevention program at http://catchmybreath.org/enroll.

 
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