ARTICLE I: Authority
Section One. Statute and Policy. Each school district in the State is required in Chapter 28, Subchapter A-K, and Chapter 38.013 of the Texas Education Code, to establish and maintain a district-level school health advisory council. The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) of the Argyle Independent School District is specifically authorized by the Board of Trustees in District policy EHAA(LEGAL).
Section Two. Limitations, The SHAC shall be an advisory body, and shall serve to provide guidance, recommendations, and other assistance to the Board of Trustees as is specifically listed in state law and District policy. The SHAC shall have no power to expend public funds, enter into contracts, or otherwise place obligation or liability upon the district.
Section Three. Bylaws. It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Trustees, upon the advice and counsel of the SHAC, to establish and amend the Bylaws.
ARTICLE II: Purposes
According to state law, District policy, and the direction of the Board of Trustees, the SHAC shall have the following responsibilities:
A. To hold regular meetings.
B. To report at least annually to the Board of Trustees.
C. To provide advice and recommendations, and counsel prior to decisions pertaining to the areas of health education curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels that may include a coordinated school health program designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type II diabetes through coordination of: health education, physical education/physical activity, nutritional services, parental and community involvement, staff wellness, a healthy and safe school environment, counseling and mental health services, health services and emerging health issues.
D. To consult regularly with the superintendent and/or designee regarding the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the district coordinated school health (CSH) program. E. To approve the district coordinated school health program, subject to adoption by the Board of Trustees.
F. To consult with the Superintendent and/or designee in advance of submitting issues, concerns, reports, and recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
G. To advise and consult with the district in the development of a comprehensive health education curriculum.
ARTICLE III: Membership
Section One. Membership Criteria. The membership composition is made up of community and district volunteers. The membership of the SHAC will strive to comply with the following:
A. Parents must live within the district, and must be a custodial parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in a district school. Parents may not also be employees of the district.
B. The majority of the SHAC will consist of a custodial parent or guardian of a student currently enrolled in the District, who are not employed by AISD.
C. The Board of Trustees may also appoint one or more persons from each of the following groups: teachers, administrators, district students, health care professionals, business community, law enforcement, senior citizens, clergy, and nonprofit health organizations.
D. Membership of the SHAC will strive to reflect the geographic, ethnic, gender and economic diversity of the District.
E. The Superintendent or his or her designee shall serve in an ex-officio (non-voting) capacity.
Members: Members will include a campus nurse, and campus counselor. The council will consist of no less than ten members.
Terms of Appointment: School nurse, counselor, will have indefinite terms. The remaining members’ terms will be set by the local school board.
Thereafter the terms shall be two years with approximately one-half selected each year. Members may succeed themselves.
Resignation: If for any reason a council member is unable to fulfill the obligation to the council, he or she may resign with written notice giving the council and school board adequate time to find a replacement member.
Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible to serve on the council a person must live within the community, work for Argyle ISD in one of the appointed positions, or have children who attend Argyle ISD. They must have a strong commitment to promote health education and a commitment to attend and participate in meetings.
Selection: Council members will be selected by the school board based on the recommendation of the administration.
ARTICLE IV: Meetings
The council will meet four times per year, in the fall and spring, or more often if deemed necessary by current situations or requested by the superintendent and/or school board. These meetings are subject to open meeting laws, and shall be conducted by Robert’s Rules of Order. The agenda shall be determined by the chairperson, who will seek input from members. Notification of meetings shall be sent via email to each member at least three days in advance of any called meetings. The meetings will be held via Webex. At least 72 hours before each meeting, the SHAC must post notice on a bulletin board in the central administration of each campus in the district and ensure it is posted on the district’s website. All meetings will be open to the public.
A quorum will be the members present at the meeting.
ARTICLE V: Officers
The officers of the council shall be two co-chairpersons. One co-chairperson representing the school district and the other a parent. The District co-chairperson shall facilitate the meeting. In case of absence, the parent co-chair will preside. An appointed SHAC secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of the meeting and distribution of the meeting notification, agenda and the previous meeting minutes.
The officers of the council will be the chairperson, co-chairperson, and recording secretary.
ARTICLE VI: Committees
Committees will be formed on an as-needed basis.
ARTICLE VIII: Voting Procedures
One-half of the current members must be present for a vote to be taken. A simple majority is needed to approve a motion.
ARTICLE VIII: Communications
Agenda’s, Bylaws, Members and Meeting Minutes will be posted on the School website. Minutes of meetings will be kept on file with the recording secretary and in the school nurse’s office and forwarded to the superintendent.
ARTICLE IX: Amendments
The procedure for recommending changes to the bylaws will be by two-thirds majority vote of the council. The school board will approve all bylaws and amendments.