The school board shall create a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) as defined in Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 28, Section (SEC)§28.004.
The SHAC assists the district to ensurethat local community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction.
The SHAC provides guidance to the district on coordinated school health programming (curriculum) and its impact on student health and learning.
The board of trustees shall appoint at least five members to SHAC.
A majority of members must be parents of students enrolled in the district, and not Hutto ISD employees.
One of the parent members must be chair or co-chair.
Board of Trustees may also appoint one or more members from the following groups:
District employed teachers
District employed counselors
District employed school administrators
Health care professionals
Nonprofit health organization
Local domestic violence program
Or a representative from a group other than a group listed above
SHAC makes policy recommendations to the school board on a wide variety of issues regarding student health in district programming and curriculum, including:
Recommend thenumber of hours of instruction to be provided in:
K-8 health education; and
if the school district requires health education for high school graduation, health education, including physical health education (9-12), and
mental health education (9-12);
Recommend policies, procedures, strategies, and curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels designed to prevent
Physical health concerns (includes obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes), and
Mental health concerns (including suicide)
through coordination of health education (physical and mental), school health services, mental healthservices; physical education and physical activity; a comprehensive school counseling program (under Section33.005), parental involvement, a safe and healthy school environment, instruction on substance abuse prevention, and school employee wellness.
Recommend strategies for integrating health curriculum components in a coordinated school health program for the district; if feasible, joint use agreements or strategies for collaboration between the district and community organizations or agencies;
Recommend strategies 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) Tex. Educ. Code § 28.004(c).
Recommend appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction.
Recommend appropriate grade levels and curriculum for instruction regarding
Opioid addiction and abuse and methods of administering an opioid antagonist (as defined by Section483.101, Health and Safety Code)
Sex trafficking, (including warning signs that a child may be at risk for sex trafficking) Tex. Educ. Code § 28.004(c)(3), (c)(8).
SHAC recommendations must not conflict with required Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)curriculum.
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The local SHAC must submit an annual written report to the school board that includes:
any SHAC recommendation concerning the school district's health education curriculum and instruction;
any suggested modification to a SHAC recommendation previously submitted to the board;
a detailed explanation of the SHAC's activities during the period between the date of the current report and the date of the last prior written report; and
any recommendations made by the physical activity and fitness planning subcommittee of the SHAC.