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School Health Advisory Council SHAC

Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn

Research shows that healthy children do better in school—from attendance and behavior to academics and overall performance. The Tolar ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) works with the district to help school communities support good health and academic achievement.

What is the School Health Advisory Council?

A SHAC is a school board appointed advisory group of individuals who represent different segments of the community. By law, a majority of the members must be persons who are parents of students enrolled in the district and who are not employed by the district. The TISD SHAC is made up of parents, community members, students, and school staff working together to improve the health of all students and families through coordinated school health programs. Texas law requires all school districts to have a SHAC. 

The TISD School Health Advisory Council meets four times a year. Meetings will be held in the TISD Boardroom located at 305 S. Oak Street,unless otherwise noted. Membership to the SHAC is by annual school board appointment. Meetings are open to all interested persons.  

Anyone wishing to speak during the "Comments from vistors" portion of the meeting must sign up to speak prior to the meeting.

The work of SHAC is carried out by its committees, which include: Family & Community Involvement, Nutrition, Physical Education & Activity, Health Education, Social & Emotional Wellness, Health Services, Healthy School Environment, and Staff Wellness.

Why do we need a School Health Advisory Council?

  • It's Texas law
  • Healthy children learn better
  • Schools play an important role in teaching healthy habits
  • Healthy homes and healthy schools support healthy children

What is included in a coordinated school health program?

The components of a coordinated school health program include:

  • Family and community involvement
  • Nutrition services
  • Physical education
  • Health education
  • Counseling, psychological & social services
  • Health services
  • Healthy school environment
  • Health promotion for school staff