School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

  • A SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, appointed by the school district to serve at the district level, to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. The SHAC will assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction.

    SHACs provide an efficient, effective structure for recommending age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.

    The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) assists the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the health education program. The council will address the continued implementation of a coordinate health program including health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, healthy school environment, staff health promotion and family/community involvement.

    The SHAC meets at least 4 times during the school year.

Get involved!

  • If you are interested in serving on the SHAC, please contact:

     

    Rhiannon Settles, RN-BC, BSN

    Health Services Coordinator - Waco ISD

    Rhiannon.settles@wacoisd.org

    (254)749-1307 

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  • From May 10th- May 17th, the 9th grade biology teachers and campus counselors will be working in collaboration to teach the Big Decisions curriculum to 9th grade students.  From May 20th- May 23th, the 7th grade science teachers and campus counselors will be working in collaboration to teach the Big Decisions curriculum to 7th grade students.

     

    The Big Decisions curriculum is recommended for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. The goal of the Big Decisions curriculum is to help young people make healthy and informed decisions about sex. It is designed to encourage young people to postpone sexual activity and provide guidance and information for the young people to reduce their risks when they do become sexually active.

     

    Big Decisions curriculum covers sexual and reproductive health. So, we urge you to reinforce the material by discussing it with your child, if you have not already done so. The information covered in this curriculum includes:

    • Anatomy and reproduction
    • Abstinence (what it is and where to set limits)
    • Basic sexual rights (to say “no” to sex) and responsibilities (never to pressure anyone for sex)
    • Methods to avoid unplanned pregnancy
    • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading them

     

    In accordance with WISD District Policy, a parent or guardian may request that his or her child be allowed to “opt out” of the Big Decisions curriculum. Such a request can be submitted to the child’s respective campus by writing a letter, sending a signed note with your child, sending an email, or calling the campus office.  Students who “opt out” will be assigned independent reading and writing activities and there will not be a grade penalty for students who “opt out.”

     

    Should you elect NOT to have your child participate in the Big Decisions curriculum, you may write a letter, send a signed note with your child, email the child’s campus, or call your child’s campus office to “opt out” of the curriculum. You may elect to remove your child from the curriculum at any time.

     

    If you have any questions, concerns, or wish to view the curriculum, please contact your child’s campus.

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  • During the Spring semester, all 5th grade physical education teachers and campus counselors will be working in collaboration to teach the Puberty- the Wonder Years curriculum.

    Puberty- the Wonder Years covers the physical changes to the body during puberty. We urge you to reinforce the material by discussing it with your child, if you have not already done so. The information covered in this curriculum includes:

                Body changes during puberty

                Hygiene

                Male and female reproductive systems

                Social and emotional changes

                You, your body and puberty video

    In accordance with WISD District Policy, a parent or guardian may request that his or her child be allowed to “opt out” of the Puberty- the Wonder Years curriculum. Such a request can be submitted to the child’s respective campus by writing a letter, sending a signed note with your child, sending an email, or calling the campus office.  Students who “opt out” shall be assigned independent reading and writing activities and there shall be no grade penalty for students who “opt out.” Students excused from material they or their parent or guardian finds objectionable will be responsible for mastery of any essential elements contained in that material.

    Should you elect NOT to have your child participate in the Puberty- the Wonder Years curriculum, you may write a letter, send a signed note with your child, email the child’s campus, or call your child’s campus office to “opt out” of the Puberty curriculum. You may elect to remove your child from the curriculum at any time.

    If you have any questions or concerns or wish to view the curriculum, please contact your child’s campus.

                           

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