School Health Advisory Councils


Texas law requires every school district to have a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district. The local School Health Advisory Council must consider and make policy recommendations concerning the importance of daily recess for elementary school students, taking into account research on unstructured and undirected play, academic and social development, and the health benefits of daily recess. Any policy recommendations by the council to the district must reflect local community values.

SHACs provide advice and can only make recommendations to the school district Board of Trustees. They are not part of the paid administrative staff or structure of the schools; nor do they have any legal responsibilities within the school district.

What is a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?

A SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, appointed by the school district 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 will assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction.

SHACs provide an efficient, effective structure for recommending age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.

Why do we need a School Health Advisory Committee?

  1. It is Texas law. 
  2. Healthy children learn better. 
  3. Schools play an important role in teaching healthy habits. 
  4. Healthy homes and healthy schools support healthy children.

What is included in Coordinated School Health Program (CHSP)?
The components of a coordinated school health program include:

  • Family and community involvement
  • Nutrition services
  • Physical education
  • Health education
  • Counseling, psychological and social services
  • Health services
  • Healthy school environment
  • Health promotion for school staff

Helpful Links
DeSoto ISD Child Nutrition
DeSoto ISD Health Services
DeSoto ISD Athletics Training and Sports Medicine
Texas Department of Health Services
American Heart Association

If you are interested in becoming a member of the DeSoto Schoool Health Advisory Council, please e-mail