School Health Advisory Committee
A School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is a state-mandated advisory council appointed by the school board. Members are approved by the school board for a one-year term. It is made up of parents, community members, students and school staff working together to improve the health of all students and families through coordinated school health programs.
Why do we need a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?
- It is Texas law.
- Healthy children learn better.
- Schools play an important role in teaching healthy habits.
- Healthy homes and healthy schools support healthy children.
What is included in a coordinated school health program (CSHP)? The components of a coordinated school health program include:
- Family and community involvement
- Nutrition services
- Physical education
- Health education
- Counseling, psychological and social services
- Health services
- Healthy school environment
- Health promotion for school staff
Meetings and Agendas
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) meetings will be held on the following dates from noon - 1 p.m. at the Dr. Jim Vaszauskas Center for the Performing Arts:
- Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023 (Agenda | Meeting Minutes (pending approval) | Audio File)
- Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023
- Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024
- Thursday, March 28, 2024
SHAC Helpful Links
- Textbook: www.mhschool.com/health/2005/student/index.html
- American Diabetes Association: www.diabetes.org
- Texas Dept. of State Health Services: www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/csh.shtm
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth
- Physical Education: www.sparkpe.org
- Parenting and Paternity Awareness: www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/ofi/papa/
House Bill 1525
Relates to updated procedures in recommending human sexuality instruction curriculum and changes in SHAC meeting requirements to include posting a notice of the meeting, recording the meeting and posting minutes to school district website. Review the house bill.