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    Texas School Health Program
    P.O. Box 149347, MC 1945
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, Texas 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7279
    Fax: 512-776-7555


    Email comments or questions to SchoolHealth@dshs.texas.gov

School Health Advisory Councils

A School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group appointed by the school district to serve at the district level. Members of the SHAC come from different areas of the community and from within the school district. The majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the district. 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. SHACs are required to meet at least four times each year. School Health Advisory Councils: A Guide for Texas School Districts 
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SHACs assist the districts in ensuring that local community values are reflected in health education instruction. Additionally, SHACs play an important role in strengthening the connection between health and learning. They can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the knowledge and skills children need to stay healthy for a lifetime.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has developed the School Health Advisory Council: A Guide for Texas School Districts (Publication N. E05-12431). This guide provides school staff and community members basic information about the value of SHACs to create a healthy school environment for students.

View the resources below for information about starting, running and maintaining a SHAC. 

Legislation

House Bill 18 - Relating to consideration of the mental health of public school students in training requirements for certain school employees, curriculum requirements, counseling programs, educational programs, state and regional programs and services, and health care services for students and to mental health first aid program training and reporting regarding local mental health authority and school district personnel.

Senate Bill 11 - Relating to policies, procedures, and measures for school safety and mental health promotion in public schools and the creation of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium.

Senate Bill 435 - Relating to recommendations by local school health advisory councils regarding opioid addiction and abuse education in public schools.

Getting Started

Assembling a Committee

Community Tool Box - Recruiting Volunteers 

Drafting Bylaws

Meetings

Parliamentary Authority

Strategic Planning

Working with School Boards

Agendas


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Last updated May 22, 2020