School Health Advisory Council
The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group of individuals representing segments of the Waxahachie community, appointed by the school district and Board of Trustees to serve at the district level, to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning.
The SHAC provides an efficient, effective structure for creating and implementing age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.
The mission of the Waxahachie ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), in partnership with the staff, parents, and community, is to advise the Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees on coordinated and age-appropriate school health programming that motivates and promotes healthy lifestyles for all.
How does the SHAC help WISD students? (click arrow to expand content)
The SHAC is instrumental in improving student health and creating healthy schools by:
- Helping all WISD schools meet community involvement mandates and community expectations,
- Providing a way for community members to work together with school personnel to accomplish district goals,
- Utilizing community resources and assets,
- Influencing people within a community to be a credible, collective voice for healthy children and youth,
- Providing a forum for sharing youth health information, resources, perspectives and a range of advice,
- Fostering member’s personal satisfaction and understanding of their role in strengthening their community by supporting coordinated school health, and
- Fostering cooperation by building trust and consensus among grassroots organizations, community segments, and diverse citizens.
What are the Responsibilities of the SHAC?
The SHAC must address the responsibilities outlined in Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code. However, the WISD SHAC strives to address all eight components of a coordinated school health program as listed here:
- health instruction,
- the healthy school environment,
- health services,
- physical education,
- school counseling,
- food service,
- school site health promotion for faculty and staff; and
- involvement with parents and the community.
When does the SHAC Meet?
The WISD SHAC Meetings are held in the WISD Administration Building at 411 N. Gibson Street. The meetings are held at 11:30 am on scheduled Thursdays throughout the school year. All meetings are open to the public.
If you are interested in serving as a parent/community member on the School Health Advisory Council, please email either Melissa Bousquet or Ginger Robinson. Your input as a parent and/or community member is extremely valuable and would be greatly appreciated. For further information or clarification of information within this page, please contact the Director of Health & Wellness.