BDF – Board Internal Organization: Citizen Advisory Committees


The Board shall establish a local school health advisory council (SHAC) to assist the School in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the School’s health education instruction. Education Code 28.004(a) [See Policy EHAA regarding duties of the SHAC]

The SHAC shall meet at least four times each year. For each meeting the SHAC shall:

  1. At least 72 hours before the meeting post notice of the date, hour, place, and subject of the meeting on a bulletin board in the central administrative office and ensure that the required notice is posted on the TSBVI website.
  2. Prepare and maintain minutes of the meeting that state the subject and content of each deliberation and each vote, order, decision, or other action taken by the Council during the meeting;
  3. Make an audio or video recording of the meeting; and
  4. Not later than the tenth day after the meeting, submit the minutes and audio or video recording of the meeting for posting.

As soon as practicable after receipt of the minutes and audio or video recording, the minutes and audio or video recording shall be posted on the TSBVI website.

Education Code 28.004(d-1), (d-2)


The Board shall appoint at least five members to the SHAC. A majority of the members must be parents of students enrolled in the School and who are not employed by the School. One of these members shall serve as chair or co-chair of the SHAC.

The Board also may appoint one or more persons from each of the following groups or a representative from a group other than a group specified:

  1. Classroom teachers employed by TSBVI;
  2. School counselors certified under Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter B, employed by TSBVI;
  3. School administrators employed by TSBVI;
  4. TSBVI students;
  5. Health-care professionals licensed or certified to practice in this state, including medical or mental health professionals;
  6. The business community;
  7. Law enforcement;
  8. Senior citizens;
  9. The clergy;
  10. Nonprofit health organizations; and
  11. Local domestic violence programs.

Education Code 28.004(d)

Physical Activity and Fitness Planning Subcommittee

The SHAC shall establish a physical activity and fitness planning subcommittee to consider issues relating to student physical activity and fitness and make policy recommendations to increase physical activity and improve fitness among students. Education Code 28.004(l-1)

Annual Report

In addition to its other duties, the SHAC shall submit to the board, at least annually, a written report that includes:

  1. Any SHAC recommendation concerning the School’s health education curriculum and instruction or related matters that the SHAC has not previously submitted to the Board;
  2. Any suggested modifications to a SHAC recommendation previously submitted to the Board; and
  3. A detailed explanation of the SHAC’s activities during the period between the date of the current report and the date of the last prior written report.
  4. Any recommendations made by the physical activity and fitness planning subcommittee.

Education Code 28.004(m)

Changes in Curriculum

The School must consider the recommendations of the SHAC before changing the School’s health education curriculum or instruction. Education Code 28.004(b)


The School shall publish in the Parent and Student Handbook and post on the School’s website a statement of:

  1. Board policies and procedures adopted to promote the physical health and mental health of students, the physical health and mental health resources available at TSBVI, contact information for the nearest providers of essential public health services under Health and Safety Code Chapter 121, and the contact information for the nearest local mental health authority;
  2. Board policies adopted to ensure that elementary school, middle school, and junior high school students engage in at least the amount of physical activity required by Education Code 28.002(l) [see Policy EHAB and EHAC];
  3. The number of times during the preceding year the SHAC has met;
  4. Whether the School has adopted and enforces policies to ensure compliance with the Texas Education Agency’s vending machine and food service guidelines for restricting student access to vending machines;
  5. Whether the School has adopted and enforces policies and procedures that prescribe penalties for the use of e-cigarettes, as defined in Education Code 38.006, and tobacco products by students and others on school campuses or at school-sponsored or school-related activities. [see Policy DH and GKA];
  6. Notice to parents that they can request in writing their child’s physical fitness assessment results at the end of the school year [see Policy FFAA]; and
  7. Whether TSBVI has a full-time nurse or full-time school counselor.

Education Code 28.004(k)


Adopted:          1/28/05

Amended:        4/1/05, 9/22/06, 11/17/17, 2/18/22