Bryan ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
Statement of Philosophy:
The primary function of a school is to provide students with the learning experiences necessary for maximum intellectual development. The success of this process is limited or enhanced by each child’s emotional, social, and physical health. For this reason, the SHAC of Bryan ISD supports the concept of a coordinated school health program.
This coordinated program requires school personnel and community members to interact with each other to develop policies, procedures, and activities that ensure the delivery of add sound health education and health services for all within a healthy school environment.
All children will successfully graduate from Bryan ISD with a comprehensive health education that has prepared them to enter adulthood with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A SHAC is a group of individuals appointed by the school district to represent their community in many coordinated school health areas. They provide advice on school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. SHACs provide recommendations specific to changes and/or additions to the school’s health education curriculum or instruction that impact the entire school district, not just individual school campuses.
Every independent school district is required by law to have a School Health Advisory Council.
Texas Education Code
• The board of trustees of each school district shall establish a local school health advisory council to assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district’s health education instruction.
• A school district must consider the recommendations of the local school health advisory council before changing the district’s health education curriculum or instruction.
The local school health advisory council’s duties include recommending:
• the number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education;
• curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes;
• health education; physical education and physical activity; and nutrition services;
• parental involvement; and instruction to prevent the use of tobacco;
• appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction;
• Any course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, or human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome shall be selected by the board of trustees with the advice of the local school health advisory council;
• a statement of the policies adopted to ensure that elementary school, middle school, and junior high school students engage in at least 30 minutes per school day or 135 minutes per school week of physical activity.
Effective SHACs can be instrumental in improving student health and creating healthy schools by:
• helping schools meet community involvement mandates and community expectations;
• providing a way for community members to work together with school personnel to accomplish district goals;
• utilizing community resources and assets;
• influencing people within a community to be a credible, collective voice for healthy children and youth;
• providing a forum for sharing youth health information, resources, perspectives and a range of advice;
• fostering member’s personal satisfaction and understanding of their role in strengthening their community by supporting CSH and fostering cooperation by building trust and consensus among grassroots organizations, community segments, and diverse citizens.
What is included in a coordinated school health program (CSH)?
The components of a coordinated school health program include:
Family and community involvement
Counseling, psychological and social services
Health promotion for school staff
Healthy school environment
Community Volunteers Needed
A School Health Advisory Council is an advisory group of individuals who represent segments of the community, and acts collectively to provide advice to the school system on aspects of the school health program.
The Advisory Council meets up to four times a year.
Terms for serving on the Council run 2 or 3 years.
The expertise you would bring to this council would be extremely valuable to the students in Bryan ISD.
Please consider joining our School Health Advisory Council.
Executive Director of Student Health, Fitness & Athletics