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, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services School Health Advisory Councils website.
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
CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) is a TEA approved Coordinated School Health Program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices, and prevent tobacco use in elementary school aged children. By teaching children that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be FUN, the CATCH Program has proved that establishing healthy habits in childhood can promote behavior change that carry into adulthood.
The CATCH Program focuses on coordinating four components: the Eat Smart school nutrition program, K-5 and 6-8 Classroom curriculum,a Physical Education program, and a Family program. The Coordination of health messages between these four component areas is critical to positively impact children's knowledge and behavior. For over 10 years CATCH has guided schools, families, and children in the process of being healthy. CATCH, the largest school-based health promotion study in the U.S., has demonstrated that behaviors such as eating foods high in saturated fat and physical inactivity can be changed.
Department of State Health Services
SMHS Sexual Health Education Big Decision A human development program for high school students
Middle School Curriculum Draw the Line Respect the Line
Teen Health CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) promotes the health and well-being of children and adolescents to enable them to become healthy and productive adults.
Jason Foundation Suicide prevention through education.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Mental Health Information and Support
2022-2023 SHAC Meeting Dates
August 16, 2022, Strategic Planning for 22-23; SMHS Library
September 7, 2022, Meeting, location TBD
November 2, 2022, Meeting, location TBD
January 4, 2023, Meeting, location TBD
February 25, 2023, Health Fair 9-12 p.m., SMHS indoor
March 1, 2023, Meeting, location TBD
February 26, 2022 Health Fair 9-12 p.m.
TBD May 15, 2023 School Board End of Yr Report and nominations for 22-24 term
TBD May 31, 2023 New SHAC Member Orientation, Strategic Planning, Meeting, location TBD
*Other special called meetings or subcommittee’s maybe scheduled
CO-SHAC Chair 2017-2018
CO-SHAC Chair 2018-2019
540 Staples Rd., San Marcos, TX 78666