HISD Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

A school health council, sometimes called a school health advisory council, is an advisory group of individuals who represent segments of the community. The group acts collectively to provide advice to the school system on aspects of the school health program. Generally, the members of a SHAC are specifically appointed by the school system. Most often SHAC's advise an entire school district, but a SHAC may also be useful for an individual school wanting its own advisory council. School systems often use advisory councils to provide advice to them on a variety of topics, such as exceptional children or drop out prevention. Hudson ISD has a district-wide SHAC program consisting of members of the community and select HISD students.

It is important to emphasize that such councils are formed to provide advice. These groups do not become part of the administrative structure of the schools. Nor do they have legal responsibilities within the school system.