SHAC

Research shows that healthy children do better in school - from attendance and behavior to academics and overall performance. 

What is a SHAC?

In May 2001, the legislature passed Senate Bill 19. It requires each school district to implement a Coordinated School Health Program and to establish a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to make recommendations regarding that program. 

A SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) is a school board appointed advisory group of individuals who represent different segments of the community. By law, a majority of the members must be persons who are parents of students enrolled in the district and who are not employed by the district. The MISD SHAC 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's Texas law
Healthy children learn better
Healthy homes and healthy schools support healthy children
These councils serve in an advisory capacity and do not have any legal responsibilities within the school system. The SHAC members must be approved by the school board, and comply with written by-laws of the organization.

Each person has an opportunity to contribute to the agenda and to bring forth suggestions and concerns regarding school health issues. Meetings must be held a minimum of four times per year.

What do they do? 

The SHAC has a variety of roles addressing all components of a comprehensive school health program. The components include:

Health instruction
Healthful school environment
School health services
Physical education
School counseling
Nutrition services
Health promotion for staff and faculty
Integrated school and community programs
During the 2020-21 school year, the SHAC Committee will meet once per six weeks. 

 

How can I help?
Become knowledgeable about district efforts to create healthy learning environments.

Join PTA / Booster Clubs/campus site-based teams
Join Marlin ISD School Health Advisory
Attend campus and district events and activities
Wellness Policy for Marlin ISD
Tobacco Policy
Attend SHAC meetings
Planned Projects for Future
Resource from DSHS-School Health Advisory Council
Texas School Health Advisory Committee
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