Visit the following resources for additional help in creating, improving, and working with your local SHAC.
School Health Advisory Council: A Guide for Texas School Districts
The Texas School Health Advisory Committee (TSHAC) has created a comprehensive guide for Texas school districts on School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs). This guide focuses on the basic principles of a SHAC, the function of a school district SHAC, and the recruitment and orientation of new SHAC members.
The Texas School Health Advisory Committee (TSHAC) has created a tool to “help SHACs measure their efforts to meet objectives, comply with state mandates and serve as a community resource as they fulfill their goals, responsibilities and school board commitments.”
Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code outlines the duties and requirements of each local district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). All Texas school districts are required by law to establish and maintain a SHAC.
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
The NASBE State School Health Policy database includes laws and policies for all states, on topics including: school governance, policy, curriculum, and coordination. You can search by state or topic. For laws and policies related to SHACs, we recommend the following search:
Kelly Reed-Hirsch with the Harris County Public Health Department explains how school administrators, public health professionals and parents can work with school health advisory councils during the 2010 Adolescent Sexual Health Course presented by The University of Texas Prevention Research Center at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston.