SHAC END-OF-YEAR UPDATE:
The 2018-2019 SHAC (School Health Advisory Committee) 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 Committee 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 ROLE OF THE SCHOOL HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (SHAC):
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.
ALL MEETING AGENDAS & MINUTES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE LINK BELOW:
DSISD SHAC meetings are open to the public.
- A total of 15 minutes will be allocated at the end of each meeting agenda for public comments.
- Members of the public will have three minutes to share comments with the committee during the time period specified on the meeting agenda.
- If the number of speakers present exceeds the time allocated, individual will have a reduced number of minutes.
- The form available through the link below is an additional mode for public comment to be considered by the District Coordinator and Committee Chairs. The form is intended for use only when time allotted at regular meetings is not sufficient to accommodate the number of speakers present at the meeting.
- Speakers are expected to demonstrate respectful and constructive decorum.
- Individuals who demonstrate conduct that disrupts or disrespects the work of the committee or become aggressive in tone, volume, language, or gesture will not be allowed to make further comment and will be asked to leave the meeting.