There is mounting evidence that when schools take action to address the health needs of students, they can also meet performance goals and alleviate financial constraints.
District School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents and community stakeholders.
As primary partners for establishing healthy behaviors in children, SHACs can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce knowledge and skills children need to be healthy for a lifetime.
The health of our children doesn't depend on major medical breakthroughs, but on everyday practice of good health habits.
The CISD SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, appointed by the school district to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning.
SHAC provides an efficient, effective structure for creating and implementing age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.
Every independent school system is required by law to have a School District Health Advisory Council; of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district. Go to Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code to read the specifics of this mandate.