School Health Advisory Council


    The 2018-2019 SHAC (School Health Advisory Council) Report and Recommendations will be presented as an information item to the DSISD Board of Trustees at the May 20, 2019 meeting. The Board then determines what actions and next steps are needed in the future; the Board of Trustees does not vote on recommendations.

    The DSISD School Health Advisory Council met seven times during the 2018-2019 school year to develop recommendations in multiple areas of student health and well-being including: school safety, mental health supports, social and emotional well-being, health and nutrition provisions, and sex education.

    Among the areas discussed by the committee, the greatest amount of time was spent on the topic of sex education. A thorough review process took place during the regularly scheduled SHAC meetings for the year. Time limitations at the April 1 meeting and subsequent feedback from community and committee members prompted further consideration of the council’s recommendations. The need for additional time to review content and seek feedback was facilitated by two additional SHAC meetings, which took place on April 16 and May 14. This additional time also provided more opportunities for parents and community members to review the full scope of content included in the SHAC’s final recommendation for seventh-grade sex education instruction.

    The final recommendation for seventh-grade sex education instruction is outlined below.  All materials are part of the Scott & White Wellness & Sexual Health Curriculum:

    • Essential Human Needs (7-1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8)   
    • Puberty, Anatomy, & Pregnancy (7-3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8*, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11)
    • Why Do Some Teens Have Sex (7-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)
    • Sex & the Law? (8-5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 7-6.3)
    • Character Matters (7-7.2, 7.3, 7.4)
    • Health Risks Behaviors & Decision Making (7-8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7, 8.8)  
    • Refusal Skills (7-9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 9.7, 9.8)
    • Making Good Choices (7-10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4)  
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (8-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5)   
    • Contraception (8-10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8)

    *Remove graphic of external anatomy system from lesson 7-3.8.

    *Consider removing top bullet on lesson 8-4.3-36

    The complete 2018-2019 SHAC Annual Report and Recommendations is available for viewing at the link provided here.


    The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) serves exclusively in an advisory role, assisting the district in ensuring that local community values and health issues are reflected in the district’s health education instruction. The committee is appointed by the Board of Trustees and is comprised primarily of parents (who are not employees of the district) of students enrolled in the district.  

    The Board may also appoint one or more teachers, administrators, students, health-care professionals, business representatives, law enforcement representatives, senior citizens, clergy, representatives of nonprofit health organizations, or representatives of another group.  A majority of the representatives must be parents. 

    The committee meets throughout the school year as determined by the Superintendent or designee. 

    Responsibilities include:

    • Recommend the number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education*
    • Recommend curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 Diabetes through coordination of health education, physical education and physical activity, nutrition services, parental involvement, and instruction to prevent use of tobacco*
    • Recommend strategies for integrating the curriculum components specified in this item with the following elements in a coordinated school health program:*  school health services, counseling and guidance services, safe and healthy school environment, and school employee wellness
    • Recommend appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction*
    • Recommend format for an annual District Health Report
    • Recommend a minimum number of minutes of unstructured physical activity (recess) for grades K-5*

    * Required by law and policy

    2018-2019 Meeting Schedule
    SHAC meetings will be held in Room B301 of the DSISD Administrative Offices from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on:

    • October 1
    • November 5
    • February 4
    • March 4
    • April 1
    • April 16 *meeting will begin at 5:30pm.
    • May 14 *meeting will begin at 5:30pm.

    Members of the general public may attend SHAC meetings.


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