Why do we have a SHAC?

Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code requires school districts to establish School Health Advisory Council to assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district’s health education instruction.

What is the role of the SHAC?

The GCISD SHAC serves as an advisory council which provides recommendations, changes and/or additions to the school’s health education curriculum and instruction for consideration by the GCISD Board of Trustees.

The council will look at and discuss issues and concerns that impact the entire district, not just individual campuses.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that local community values are reflected in GCISD health education instruction
  • Fielding health education concerns from the community and bring them to a SHAC meeting for discussion
  • Providing leadership for health education concerns
  • Serving at the pleasure of the GCISD Board of Education, submitting recommendations to the GCISD Board of Education as needed.

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 through coordination of:
    1. health education;
    2. physical education and physical activity
    3. parental involvement; and
    4. instruction to prevent the use of tobacco;
  • Appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction; and
  • Strategies for integrating the curriculum with the following elements in a coordinated school health program for the district:
    1. school health services;
    2. counseling and guidance services;
    3. a safe and healthy school environment; and 
    4. school employee wellness.

What is a Coordinated School Health Program?

Coordinated School Health (CSH) programs consist of eight (8) interactive components that assist students through the promotion of healthy behaviors. An effective, CSH program can improve academic performance, decrease absenteeism, increase the practice of good health habits and decrease health care costs. Schools cannot do this alone the community must, and should, be involved in the CSH program.

The eight (8) components of a Coordinated School Health Program include: