School Health Advisory Council
Under the direction of Senate Bill 1357 (2003 Legislative Session) Section 28.004, the School Health Advisory Council, (SHAC) is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, 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.
SHACs provide an efficient, effective structure for recommending age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.
Every independent school system is required by law to have a School District Health Advisory Council; of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district. Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.28.htm#28.004p details the specifics of this mandate.
|The eight components of a coordinated school health plan are:|
Comprehensive School Health Education
|A planned, K-12 curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional and social dimensions of health.|
|A planned K-12 curriculum that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; games; team, dual, and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics.|
|Services provided for students to appraise, protect, and promote health.|
|Access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students. School nutrition programs reflect the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other criteria to achieve nutrition integrity.|
Counseling, Psychological, & Social Services
|Services provided to improve students’ mental, emotional, and social health. These services include individual and group assessments, interventions, and referrals.|
|Healthy School Environment||The physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psychosocial climate and culture of the school. Factors that influence the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it, any biological or chemical agents that are detrimental to health, and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, and lighting.|
|School-site Health Promotion for Staff||Opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education and health-related fitness activities.|
|An integrated school, parent, and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students.|
Meetings are 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Central Office Board Room
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is a TEA approved Coordinated School Health Program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in elementary school aged children.
For further information on the Coordinated School Health program, visit the Texas Department of Human Services website.