The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is an advisory group, appointed by the NISD Board of Trustees, which provides guidance, recommendations, and support in the ten areas of Coordinated School Health. The SHAC promotes the coordination of programs, services, and curricula that impacts student health and learning. A majority of the members shall be persons who are parents of students enrolled in the district and who are not employed by the district. Additional members may include teachers, school administrators, students, health care professionals, members of the business community and non-profit health organizations, law enforcement representatives, senior citizens and clergy.
Roles of the School Health Advisory Council
The School Health Advisory Council provides visibility for school health within the school system and community; works to ensure that sufficient resources are allocated to school health; intervene when individuals from within or without the school seek to eliminate or unfavorably alter the school health program; facilitates understanding between schools and community segments.
The School Health Advisory Council ensures that professionals who directly influence student health meet regularly to learn what their colleagues are doing, shares teaching strategies, problem solves, participates in curriculum selection and adaptation; provides a forum for discussion of health issues; facilitates innovation in health education.
Promote Employee Wellness
The School Health Advisory Council helps promote employee wellness programs within the school system community.
The School Health Advisory Council assists in determining how much funding is required to conduct school health programs; integrates the various funding sources for school health education; assists in the preparation of grant applications.
Liaison with District and State Agencies
The School Health Advisory Council works with agency personnel in the areas of curriculum selection, allocation of school nurse time, development of food service programs, distribution of federal and state funds, and policy making.
The School Health Advisory Council helps initiate policy related to smoking and alcohol use and the sale of nutritious foods at school; organizes school-wide activities like health fairs and health promotion.
Evaluation, Accountability and Quality Control
The School Health Advisory Council works to ensure that school health funds are spent appropriately, food service programs offer healthy menus, and that health-related activities are conducted; conducts focus groups with parents, teachers, administrators, and students; examines existing school services relative to need; assesses the physical and psychological environment of the school.
The members of the School Health Advisory Council are committed to quality health education for the children of the Northside community.
Other criteria include:
- Demonstrated interest in youth
- Awareness of the community
- Professional ability
- Willingness to devote time (2 year commitment)
- Representative of the population
- Fifty per cent of the council shall be made up of parents
The School Health Advisory Council acts in an advisory capacity. The Council will send its recommendations to the Deputy Superintendent for Instruction who reports to the Superintendent who reports to the Board.
In School Health Advisory Council: A Guide for Texas School Districts (Publication No. E05-12431), the Texas Department of State Health Services provides school staff and community members with a basic understanding of the value of SHACs in creating a healthy school environment for students.
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