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 Austin 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 AISD 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. Learn more about SHAC Bylaws.
The AISD School Health Advisory Council meets on the first Wednesday of every month, with the exception of July and August, from 6:30–8 p.m. Meetings will be held in a training room at the new AISD Headquarters located at 4000 S. IH-35 Frontage Road, 78704 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 Citizens Communication portion of the meeting must read the Citizens Communications Guidelines (Spanish) and must complete a Speaker and Comment Card prior to speaking.
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
How can I help?
Join the PTA or PTSA. Form a campus wellness committee. Become active in supporting district initiatives to create healthy learning environments for all children. Attend Austin ISD SHAC meetings in the AISD Board Room at 1111 West Sixth Street. The SHAC meets the first Wednesday of each month, with the exception of July and August, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
For information contact Tracy Spinner, Health Services Director at 512-414-9778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.