School Health Advisory Council




What is a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?

SHAC is an advisory committee made up of parents, community leaders, local health-care professionals, and educators. The SHAC acts collectively to address the specific components of the District’s school health program, for the purpose of making recommendations to the Board of Trustees.  

The SHAC makes recommendations that will positively impact student health and learning, while assuring community values are reflected in school health programming. Additionally, SHACS play an important role in strengthening the connection between health and learning. They can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the knowledge and skills children need to stay healthy for a lifetime. 

Why do we need a School Health Advisory Council?

  • It's 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?

The components of a coordinated school health program include:

  • Family and community involvement
  • Nutrition services
  • Physical education
  • Health education
  • Counseling, psychological & social services
  • Health services
  • Healthy school environment
  • Health promotion for school staff