School Health Advisory Council
The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group of individuals representing segments of the community and school district which provides advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. Every independent school district is required by law to have a SHAC of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district.
Coordinated School Health is a systematic approach of advancing student academic performance by promoting, practicing, and coordinating school health education and services for the benefit and well-being of students in establishing healthy behaviors designed to last a lifetime. The eight components of coordinated school health are health education, healthy and safe school environment, counseling and mental health services, parent and community involvement, staff wellness promotion, health services, physical education and nutrition service.
Seeking New Members
The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is seeking new members. Parents and community members play a vital role in promoting school health and assuring good school health programs district-wide. The SHAC assists the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the Coordinated School Health model. The council will address topics related to health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, social and emotional climate, counseling, healthy school environment, staff health promotion and family/community involvement. No experience required!
Please note: SHAC meets at least four (4) times per year, mid-day or early evening. Dates TBA.
RISD SHAC Statements:
Vision: We envision a future where healthy lifestyle, knowledge, and practices are integrated throughout the community for students and their families to achieve their highest potential (success).
Mission: To promote healthy lifestyle choices and to create a climate of wellness for all staff, children and their families in the RISD community.
- To show compassion towards and to be sensitive to the needs of each child
- To empower families
- To maintain appropriate partnerships
- To provide health education for the mind and body
- To communicate through innovative means and use multi-lingual strategies
- To embrace the values of our community
2015-16 SHAC Meetings
- September 23, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., RISD Administration Building
- November 18, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., RISD Administration Building
- January 20, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., RISD Administration Building
- March 23, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., RISD Administration Building
If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining the SHAC, please contact Laurin DeStefano, Physical Education Health & Wellness Coordinator.
Physical Education, Health and Wellness Coordinator
972-771-0605 ext. 7117
2010-2011 SHAC Award
Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced grant awards for Characteristics of an Effective School Health Advisory Council in an effort to highlight district SHACs that go above and beyond the minimum requirements of the law. These outstanding districts review and improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment and improve student health literacy through quality health education. Rockwall ISD’s SHAC was one of 16 in Texas to be recognized for this award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.