BDF(LEGAL) - BOARD INTERNAL ORGANIZATION: CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Note: The Board has adopted an innovation plan that affects application of provisions in this legally referenced policy.
School Health Advisory Council
The board shall establish a local school health advisory council (SHAC) to assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction. Education Code 28.004(a) [See EHAA regarding duties of the SHAC.]
The SHAC shall meet at least four times each year. For each meeting the SHAC shall:
- At least 72 hours before the meeting post notice of the date, hour, place, and subject of the meeting on a bulletin board in the central administrative office of each campus in the district; and ensure that the required notice is posted on the district's internet website, if the district has an internet website;
- Prepare and maintain minutes of the meeting that state the subject and content of each deliberation and each vote, order, decision, or other action taken by the council during the meeting;
- Make an audio or video recording of the meeting; and
- Not later than the tenth day after the meeting, submit the minutes and audio or video recording of the meeting to the district.
As soon as practicable after receipt of the minutes and audio or video recording, the district shall post the minutes and audio or video recording on the district's internet website, if the district has an internet website.
Education Code 28.004(d-1), (d-2)
The board shall appoint at least five members to the SHAC. A majority of members must be persons who are parents of students enrolled in the district and who are not employed by the district. One of those members shall serve as chair or co-chair of the SHAC.
The board also may appoint one or more persons from each of the following groups or a representative from a group other than a group specified:
- Classroom teachers employed by the district;
- School counselors certified under Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter B, employed by the district;
- School administrators employed by the district;
- District students;
- Health-care professionals licensed or certified to practice in this state, including medical or mental health professionals;
- The business community;
- Law enforcement;
- Senior citizens;
- The clergy;
- Nonprofit health organizations; and
- Local domestic violence programs.
Education Code 28.004(d)
Physical Activity and Fitness Planning Subcommittee
The SHAC shall establish a physical activity and fitness planning subcommittee to consider issues relating to student physical activity and fitness and make policy recommendations to increase physical activity and improve fitness among students. Education Code 28.004(l-1)
In addition to its other duties, the SHAC shall submit to the board, at least annually, a written report that includes:
- Any SHAC recommendation concerning the district's health education curriculum and instruction or related matters that the SHAC has not previously submitted to the board;
- 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.
Education Code 28.004(m)
A district shall publish in the student handbook and post on the district's internet website, if the district has an internet website, a statement of:
- The policies and procedures adopted to promote the physical health and mental health of students, the physical health and mental health resources available at each campus, contact information for the nearest providers of essential public health services under Health and Safety Code Chapter 121, and the contact information for the nearest local mental health authority;
- The policies adopted to ensure that elementary school, middle school, and junior high school students engage in at least the amount and level of physical activity required by Education Code 28.002(l) [see EHAB and EHAC];
- The number of times during the preceding year the SHAC has met;
- Whether the district has adopted and enforces policies to ensure that district campuses comply with the Texas Education Agency's vending machine and food service guidelines for restricting student access to vending machines;
- Whether the district has adopted and enforces policies and procedures that prescribe penalties for the use of e‑cigarettes, as defined by Education Code 38.006, and tobacco products by students and others on school campuses or at school-sponsored or school-related activities [see DH and GKA];
- Notice to parents that they can request in writing their child's physical fitness assessment results at the end of the school year [see FFAA]; and
- Whether each campus in the district has a full-time nurse or full-time school counselor.
Education Code 28.004(k)