Join a School Health Advisory Council
What is a SHAC?
A School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group of individuals who represent both the school and the community. This group acts collectively to provide advice on aspects of the school health policies and programs. SHACs can advise a local education agency (district) or an individual school site (elementary, middle, or high school).
What does a SHAC do?
A SHAC can have a variety of roles, depending on how it is used by the school or school district. Members of a SHAC work together to give advice and support to all parts of school health programs and policies. This includes addressing the eight components of coordinated school health that include:
- Health education
- Physical education
- Health services
- Mental health and social services
- Nutrition services
- Healthy and safe environment
- Family and community involvement
- Staff wellness
Who should be on a SHAC?
Your SHAC members should be representative of your community. Membership should be as broad and diverse as possible and include students and parents.
How can I participate in a SHAC?
First, find out if your school already has a School Health Advisory Council or other health-focused work group. If so, contact one of the group members and attend a meeting. • If your school does not have a SHAC or other school health work group, you can start one.