Students & Families
What is the School Health Advisory Council?
Texas law (Texas Education Code, Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28, Subchapter A, §28.004) requires the establishment of a SHAC for every school district. A School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group of district and community stakeholders approved by the school board to serve at the District level to represent the community. Members of the SHAC represent different interests of the community and the school district, but the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the District. SHACs are required to meet at least four times each year. Information from SHAC meetings is posted on the MISD website as per TEC and policy requirements.
Upcoming SHAC Meeting Dates
September 28, 2023 4:00-4:30 PM Elementary P.E. Portable
February 8, 2024 4:00-4:30 PM Elementary P.E. Portable
What does the School Health Advisory Council do?
The purpose of the SHAC is to assist the District in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the District’s coordinated school health related policies, procedures, strategies, and curriculum. SHACs play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents, and community stakeholders. The SHAC makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on topics such as:
Physical Activity and Fitness
Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention
Human Sexuality Education
Drug and Tobacco Prevention
Student and Employee Wellness
Per state law, here is a summary of the district’s curriculum regarding human sexuality instruction:
McDade ISD utilizes the Always Changing program to be used in the elementary school for 4th and 5th grades. The program is a puberty education program with a focus on instruction related to puberty and development. For both grades 4 and 5, males and females will receive separate instruction. Males will receive instruction from a male teacher, and females will receive instruction from a female instructor.
Scott & White Wellness & Sexual Health Curriculum (www.worththewait.org) is used in Grades 7 and 8 science courses to support human sexuality instruction. The instruction includes the following topics: puberty, anatomy and pregnancy; sexually transmitted diseases; sex and the law; health risk behaviors and decision making. Students receive instruction that reinforces the concept that abstinence from sexual activity is the healthiest choice for them to make at this point in their lives.
House Bill 18 – Relating to consideration of the mental health of public school students in training requirements for certain school employees, curriculum requirements, counseling programs, educational programs, state and regional programs and services, and health care services for students and to mental health first aid program training and reporting regarding local mental health authority and school district personnel.
Senate Bill 9 – (Special Session) – Relating to updated procedures in recommending child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking curriculum.
Senate Bill 11 – Relating to policies, procedures, and measures for school safety and mental health promotion in public schools and the creation of the Texas Child Mental health Care Consortium.