School Health Advisory Committee

SHAC
 
In accordance with Education Code 28.004(a), a district must establish a local school health advisory council (SHAC) to assist the District in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the District's health education instruction.  Additionally, according to local policy, the SHAC shall review and consider evidence-based strategies and techniques and shall develop nutrition guidelines and wellness goals required by law. The SHAC may be comprised of parents, students, representatives of the District's food service provider, physical education teachers, school health professionals, members of the Board, school administrators, and members of the public.
 
The SHAC meets four times during each school year and gives an annual presentation to the Board regarding the council's activities throughout the year.
 
If you are interested in joining SHAC or have questions or comments, please contact Derek Bowman, Director of Personnel and Administrative Services, at 936-825-4281 or bowmand@navasotaisd.org
2019-2020 Meeting Dates:
 
October 21, 2019:           2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
December 19, 2019:       2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
February 19 2020:          4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April 14, 2020:                2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
All meetings will be held at the Central Administration Building located at 715 East Washington, Navasota. 
The Navasota ISD School Health Advisory Council sub-committees are based on the eight components of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) School Health Model. The SHAC has combined Physical and Health Education into one sub-committee. In addition Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services has been combined with Healthy School Environments to form the Healthy and Safe School Environments sub-committee.
 

There is a growing body of evidence showing the positive impact of one or more components on student health and learning outcomes. Many school leaders also report that their efforts at coordinating health initiatives result in improved achievement, attendance, less smoking among students and staff, lower rates of teenage pregnancy, increased participation in physical fitness activities, and greater interest in healthier diets.

 

SHAC sub-committee membership is open to any individual interested in supporting health and wellness through development of coordinated school health programs in the NISD community.

 

  • Family and Community Involvement
    Parents, teachers, administrators, businesses, state, county and local governments and volunteer health organizations all work together to focus attention on student health issues.
  • Child Nutrition
    Promotes healthy food choices and provides nutrition education.
  • Physical Education/Health Education
    Features activities that emphasize cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility; encourages the development of lifetime leisure skills; and includes daily physical activity for students. Comprehensive health education curriculum offers age-appropriate, sequential K-12 instruction that includes information on consumer health, community health, environmental health, family life, growth and development, nutritional health, personal health, prevention and control of disease, safety and accident prevention, and substance use and abuse.
  • Healthy and Safe School Environment
    Concentrates on mental health, fosters substance abuse prevention, promotes life-skills training and builds problem-solving skills. Enhances physical and social surroundings of students and staff and ensures safe surroundings.
  • Health Services
    Includes prevention, education, early detection screenings, interventions and referrals to community services in cooperation with other agencies. Involves nurses in classroom education, staff development, and state and volunteer health organizations.
  • Staff Wellness
    Promotes positive role models for students and reduces absenteeism and insurance costs.
SENATE BILL 11—SCHOOL SAFETY AND MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION
 
  • School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and Suicide Prevention: 
Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, suicide is added to the mental health curriculum about which the SHAC is supposed to advise. The SHAC is charged with recommending strategies and policies to increase parental awareness regarding risky behaviors and early warning signs of suicide risks and behavioral health concerns, including mental health disorders and substance use disorders, as well as available community programs and services to address these concerns.
 
HOUSE BILL 18—MENTAL HEALTH OF PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
  • SHAC Duties: 
The bill calls for the integration of physical and mental health in the health curriculum and expands awareness about e-cigarettes to all substance abuse. SHACs must issue several new statements, including a statement of the policies and procedures adopted to promote the physical health and mental health of students, the physical health and mental health resources available at each campus, contact information for the nearest providers of essential public health services, and the contact information for the nearest local mental health authority. In addition, for each campus, the SHAC must post a statement of whether the campus has a full-time nurse or full-time school counselor
 
SHAC Minutes- February 19, 2020