What Is a School Health Advisory Councils (SHAC)?
A SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, mandated by the Texas Education code and appointed by the school district to serve at the district level, to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. The SHAC assists the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction. The SHAC Committee will conduct their work in accordance with Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code.
SHAC Meeting Dates
September 11, 2019
November 6, 2019
February 12, 2020
April 1, 2020
The local school health advisory council’s duties include recommending:
- The number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education;
- curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes;
- health education; physical education and physical activity; and nutrition services;
- parental involvement; and instruction to prevent the use of tobacco;
- appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction;
- any course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, or human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency;
- syndrome shall be selected by the board of trustees with the advice of the local school health advisory council;
- a statement of the policies adopted to ensure that elementary school, middle school, and junior high school students engage in at least 30 minutes per school day or 135 minutes per school week of physical activity.
Effective SHACs can be instrumental in improving student health and creating healthy schools by:
- helping schools meet community involvement mandates and community expectations;
- providing a way for community members to work together with school personnel to accomplish district goals;
- utilizing community resources and assets;
- influencing people within a community to be a credible, collective voice for healthy children and youth;
- providing a forum for sharing youth health information, resources, perspectives and a range of advice;
- fostering member’s personal satisfaction and understanding of their role in strengthening their community by supporting CSH and fostering cooperation by building trust and consensus among grassroots organizations, community segments, and diverse citizens.
What is included in a coordinated school health program (CSH)?
- Family and community involvement
- Nutrition services
- Physical education
- Health education
- Counseling, psychological and social services
- Health services
- Health promotion for school staff
- Healthy school environment
- Maslow Hierarchy and Coordinated School Health
- Memo of FITNESSGRAM
- FAQ's about the FITNESSGRAM
- Resources for Students and Familes: Dealing with the Economic Crisis
EHAB (LEGAL)–Elementary Physical Activity
EHAC (LEGAL)–Middle School Physical Activity
FFA (LEGAL)–Student Welfare Wellness and Health Services
FNCD (LEGAL)–Tobacco Policy
FFAA (LOCAL)–Parents’ Right to Request Fitness Assessment Results
This notice is to inform you that Guidelines for the Care of Students with Diagnosed Food Allergy at Risk for Anaphylaxis developed as required by Texas Education Code Section 38.0151, have been posted to the DSHS School Health Program website at www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/default.shtm.