Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)
School and community members have formed a committee dedicated to promote physical, mental, social and emotional well-being in the students, faculty and families engaged in our schools.
The vision of the New Boston ISD SHAC is to promote physical, mental, social and emotional well-being in the students, faculty and families engaged in New Boston ISD.
The mission of the New Boston ISD SHAC is to ensure all NBISD students, faculty and families have healthy bodies and minds through health education, character building and modeling of healthy practices.
The goal of the New Boston ISD SHAC is to make recommendations to the New Boston ISD decision makers regarding the implementation and promotion of policies and procedures that impact student health and safety district wide.
The SHAC will report their recommendations to the NBISD School Board annually.
The purpose of the SHAC is to assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district’s health education instruction. Per Senate Bill 19, the district must consider the recommendations of the SHAC before making changes in the districts’ health education curriculum or instruction.
Specifically, in compliance with SB 19, SHAC will advise the NBISD School Board on the number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education; health education curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels that may include a coordinated health education program designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes through coordination of:
Age appropriate instruction to prevent the use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol and to prevent sexual behavior
Other areas of concern as identified in SB 19.
The SHAC will make recommendations to the district on topics relating to health and the health education of NBISD students and employees. In advising the district, the SHAC will be guided by the eight components of coordinated school health as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Association of School Boards, and the American Cancer Society.
These include student health services, physical education and activity, nutrition, counseling/ psychological and social services, parent and community involvement, health education, healthy environment and staff health promotion.
In compliance with SB 19, the majority of the SHAC will be parents of students currently enrolled in NBISD, who are not employed by NBISD. The members should be a representation of the views of the community, parents, students, members from the medical community, and other interested citizens. Membership of the SHAC will reflect the demographic, ethnic and economic diversity of the school district. It will include both males and females. The length of term for non-faculty SHAC members is determined by the person’s willingness to serve. The SHAC will also consist of faculty members representing the eight components of school health.
The Chair of the SHAC may be appointed by the school board. The school board may also appoint a Co-Chair. The Chair of the SHAC must be a parent with a student enrolled at NBISD.
The SHAC will meet a minimum of four times per year.
Amendments to Bylaws
These bylaws may be amended with the approval of two-thirds of the SHAC members present and voting and officially constituting a quorum.