School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
What is SHAC?
The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is an advisory group comprised of individuals who represent segments of the community. The group acts collectively to provide advice to the SAISD Administration on aspects of the school district’s health program. Generally, the members of SHAC are appointed by the Board of Trustees.
What does the SHAC 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
- Health services
- Physical education
- School counseling
- Food Service
- Health promotion for staff
- Integrated school and community programs
The local school health advisory council’s duties include recommending:
- The number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education
- Health education curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels that may include a coordinated health education program designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type II diabetes
- Instruction to prevent the use of tobacco
- Appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality education
The Mission of San Angelo ISD SHAC will be to advise and advocate to the SAISD school board of trustees and administration that our children are provided with accurate, relevant, and age appropriate educational programs that will motivate them to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.
The following report contains a summary of the SHAC's activities and accomplishments.
The school board shall select members of the SAISD SHAC to hold a term of two (2) years.
The SAISD SHAC will have three officers. These are the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Recording Secretary. These officers will hold terms of two (2) years and will be nominated on an alternating basis.
- Developing the Agenda
The SAISD SHAC Chairperson will set the agenda for the meetings. If a council member would like something placed on the agenda, they will need to notify the chairperson two weeks in advance. The Recording Secretary will mail the agenda to the membership one week prior to the meeting unless one emergency meeting is to be called.
- Conduct Meetings
Meetings will be held at least twice a year or at the discretion of the council chair.
Voting on issues will be done by a quorum of at least five (5) voting members with a simple majority passing/failing the issue. In the event there is not five (5) members present, the issue will need to be tabled until a quorum is met. If a member has a concern with an issue that has been addressed, a narrative summary of those concerns will be added to any information that is released to the board or other entity following district policy.
- Request for Information/Complaint
The SHAC member will tell the person that has requested the information or lodged the complaint the chain of command to follow. Referral of all of these requests and complaints are to go directly to the Chairperson. The Chairperson will keep a record of all complaints and requests to give to the SHAC during the next scheduled meeting.
One of the responsibilities of the SHAC is to assist in the development of nutrition guidelines and wellness goals. These guidelines should advance student health and reduce childhood obesity and promote the general wellness of all students through nutrition education, physical activity, and other school-based activities.