School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
What is a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?
A SHAC is a group of individuals representing the community and the school district who provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning.
SHACs provide a means for input to health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can be supported by local families, educators, administrators and the community.
- Summer Camps
- Mental Engagement
- Mental Health
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- 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or TTY 1-800-799-4TTY(4889)
- Red Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454
- Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) and press 1
- Texas Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 1-800-989-6884
- Texas Youth Hotline: 1-800-989-6884
- SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends): 1-800-DON’T-CUT, 1-800-366-8288
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- Simple healthy snacks
- Nutritional Requirements
- https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in- depth/nutrition-for-kids/art-20049335
- Healthy Lunch ideas
How to motivate your kids to exercise
- https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health-tips-to-get-kids-to- exercise.h17-1589046.html
- https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy- living/fitness/Pages/Encouraging-Your-Child-to-be-Physically-Active.aspx
- Recommendations/vaccine requirements:
- Talking to kids about drugs
- Local Churches
Benefits of Having A SHAC
Addressing the health needs of students through the work of the SHAC, helps meet district performance goals and alleviates financial constraints.
SHACs play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents and community stakeholders.
SHACs can help reinforce the health knowledge and skills children need to be healthy for a lifetime.
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. Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/?link=ED details the specifics of this mandate.
The mission of the Mathis ISD School Health Advisory Council is to encourage and promote fitness and healthy lifestyle choices for our students, staff and community.
The goals of the Mathis ISD Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) are to review and recommend programs that provide current information on health, physical, and social education issues that are important to our students and community. The SHAC will then advise the MISD School Board of these programs, and once approved, will work together with Staff, and Parents to see that they are implemented in accordance with State Recommendations.