School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

A SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) 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. SHACs assist the districts in ensuring that local community values are reflected in health education instruction. Additionally, SHACs can help districts meet performance goals and alleviate financial constraints. SHACs play an important role in strengthening the connection between health and learning. They can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the knowledge and skills children need to stay healthy for a lifetime.

Last year we were able to partner with Irene Webster with TxDot to present Shattered Dreams to our highschool students. Tyson Dever, a paralyzed victim of distracted driving, spoke an encouraging message to our students about the importance of safe driving.

Missy Banda, Crisis Coordinator for Christus Good Shepherd, presented the "Stop the Bleed" campaign to our SHAC committee. This campaign is designed to train individuals to assist in bleeding control in active shooter and other emergent events. With the recent passing of House Bill 496, we will be required to train specific individuals on every campus on our district.

Suzanne Fisher presented SALT (Save a Life Today) to our SHAC committee. She presented signs of anxiety, self-injury, suicide or harm. Her discussion also included ways to manage aggressive behavior and how to keep it from escalating as well as identifying normal behavior vs mental health disorders.

This year (2019-2020) we have joined with Rebecca Smith, Certified Prevention Specialist Coalition Coordinator for the Piney Woods Substance Abuse Coalition. We have monthly SHAC meetings on the third Tuesday of every month from 12 pm-1 pm at the MISD Administration Building, located at 1305 E. Pinecrest Drive. All are welcome to join!

Our goals for the 2019-2020 school year are:

  • Continue the Triple M Backpack program on all elementary campuses
  • Promote ESTEEM abstinence curriculum for 5th-9th grade
  • Partner with ETCADA to raise awareness and educate students, parents, and our community about serious issues of underage drinking, drug use, and distracted driving
  • Explore other options to meet employee and student wellness needs
  • Improve community awareness for SHAC involvement


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