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What is a School Health Advisory council (SHAC)?

Research shows that healthy children do better in school - from attendance and behavior to academics and overall performance. The Gilmer ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) works with the district to help school communities support good health and academic achievement.

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. The GISD SHAC is made up of parents, students, community members, and school staff working together to improve the health of all students and families through coordinated school health programs.

Why do we need a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?
  • * It’s Texas law
  • * Healthy children learn better
  • * Healthy homes and healthy schools support healthy children
What is included in a coordinated school health program(CSHP)?

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
  • * Health promotion for school staff
How can I help?

Become knowledgeable about district efforts to create healthy learning environments. Read the Gilmer ISD Wellness Policy and work with your SHAC to help implement the policy. All parents, and community members are invited to attend monthly SHAC meetings each odd numbered month on the third Wednesday at 1:00 pm in the district board room.

For information: Contact Jeff Hamilton, Director of Student Services, 903 841 7408 or email at

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