School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
What is the School Health Advisory Council?
Texas law (Texas Education Code, Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28, Subchapter A, §28.004) requires the establishment of a SHAC for every school district. A School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group appointed by the school board to serve at the District level to represent the community. Members of the SHAC represent different interests of the community and the school district, but the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the District. SHACs are required to meet at least four times each year. Information from SHAC meetings is posted on the Hays CISD website as per TEC and policy requirements. If you are interested in reading more about SHAC, click here.
What does the School Health Advisory Council do?
The purpose of the SHAC is to assist the District in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the District’s coordinated school health related policies, procedures, strategies, and curriculum. SHACs play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents, and community stakeholders. The SHAC makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on topics such as:
- Health education
- Physical activity and fitness
- Nutrition education and obesity prevention
- Mental health
- Human sexuality education
- Drug and tobacco prevention
- Student and employee wellness
The 2017-2018 SHAC Bylaws can be found here.
SHACs are required to meet a minimum of four times a year, however the Hays SHAC meets at least eight times each school year. Meetings are typically held the third Wednesday of the month from 11:30 am -1:00 pm at the C&I Annex in the large training room.
School Health Advisory Council Guide
A printable PDF version of the State of Texas School Health Advisory Council Guide will appear below: