What is the School Health Advisory Council?
Texas law (Texas Education Code, Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28, Subchapter A, §28.004) requires the establishment of a SHAC for every school district. A School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a group of district and community stakeholders approved by the school board to serve at the District level to represent the community. Members of the SHAC represent different interests of the community and the school district, but the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the District. SHACs are required to meet at least four times each year. Information from SHAC meetings is posted on the MISD website as per TEC and policy requirements.
What does the School Health Advisory Council do?
The purpose of the SHAC is to assist the District in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the District’s coordinated school health related policies, procedures, strategies, and curriculum. SHACs play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents, and community stakeholders. The SHAC makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on topics such as:
2019 – April SHAC Meeting Minutes
2019 – February SHAC Meeting Minutes
2018 – April SHAC Meeting Minutes
2017 – October SHAC Meeting Minutes
2016 – January SHAC Meeting Minutes
House Bill 18 – Relating to consideration of the mental health of public school students in training requirements for certain school employees, curriculum requirements, counseling programs, educational programs, state and regional programs and services, and health care services for students and to mental health first aid program training and reporting regarding local mental health authority and school district personnel.
Senate Bill 9 – (Special Session) – Relating to updated procedures in recommending child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking curriculum.
Senate Bill 11 – Relating to policies, procedures, and measures for school safety and mental health promotion in public schools and the creation of the Texas Child Mental health Care Consortium.
Senate Bill 435 – Relating to recommendations by local school health advisory councils regarding opioid addiction and abuse education in public schools.
Wellness Policy – FFA [LEGAL] – LEGAL policies compilefederal law, state law, and court decisions, providing the statutory context in which all other policies should be read.
Wellness Policy – FFA [LOCAL] – LOCAL policies reflect decisions made by the Board of Trustees.
“Bullying” as defined by Texas HB 1942 is engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the District and that:
This conduct is considered bullying if it:
Reporting: (Anonymous Reporting Form)
Any student, parent, or employee who believes that he/she has been subjected to bullying or retaliation has the right to file a complaint, by completing the McDade ISD Bullying Harassment Complaint Form , and to receive prompt and appropriate handling of the complaint. All reasonable efforts shall be made to maintain the confidentiality and protect the privacy of all parties, but proper enforcement of this policy may require disclosure of any or all information received. There are several ways to report bullying incidents. Students and parents are encouraged to begin all reports with the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher will then inform the assistant principal or supervisor. If an assistant principal or supervisor is not available, the school counselor will take the report and be responsible for notifying the assistant principal or supervisor. There may be some circumstances in which a parent or student feels that it is best to begin the process by making a report to the principal.
The safety of possible targets of bullying is our first consideration once a complaint is received. A safety assessment is immediately made and provisional accommodations, as deemed necessary are implemented by an assistant principal or supervisor. A “Stay Away Agreement” is reviewed and signed by all parties to support the safety of all involved as the assistant principal is gathering information to determine whether the infraction meets the definition of bullying.
The principal, assistant principal or supervisor is responsible for conducting a prompt investigation upon receiving a report of bullying or retaliation. The nature and duration of an investigation will depend on the circumstances, including the type, severity and frequency of the alleged conduct. The goal is to obtain an accurate and complete account of all incidents and circumstances deemed relevant to the allegations in the complaint. The investigation will generally include personal interviews with the complainant, the target/victim(s) of the complaint and others who witnessed or may have potentially relevant knowledge about the alleged incident giving rise to the complaint. Confidentiality as well as FERPA guidelines will be followed. Review of documents, videos, voice mails, emails, websites, text messages, instant messages, and other items deemed relevant may also be included.
Once a determination has been made that there will be an investigation the assistant principal will inform the campus principal as well as the subject of the complaint and their parents/guardians of the status of the investigation and estimated timing for making a determination. The assistant principal will attempt to complete the investigation in ten school days, but may go longer if time is needed to complete the investigation. If the investigation is to go longer than 10 days, parents will be informed. To the extent practicable, staff members will take steps to protect all parties from incidents or retaliation pending the outcome of the investigation. These steps may include, but are not limited to, ordering interim disciplinary action, appropriate adult supervision, reassigning classroom seating, temporarily transferring the student subject of the complaint from classes with the complainant, instructing the alleged perpetrator to avoid contact and maintain appropriate safe distance from the alleged target while on school property and at school events and monitoring compliance with any court‐ordered protective orders. All interviewees, alleged targets/victims, and alleged perpetrators will be warned against retaliation and made aware of the prohibition to speak about the matter in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation.
Information regarding any student may not be disclosed to a parent unless the information is about the parent’s own child. Disciplinary action will only be shared with parents/guardians of the student receiving such action as dictated by FERPA.
Documentation and Records:
McDade ISD has standardized reporting and investigation protocols in regards to bullying investigations. If there are questions regarding the process or the outcome of an investigation, those questions can be directed to Heather Stidham, Superintendent at (512) 273-2522 EXT 1308.
Click here to view the Bully Reporting Form English (PDF)
Haga clic aqui para ver el formulario de denuncia de acoso en español
Bullying Reporting Procedure (Education Code, §37.0832(e), as amended by HB 1942 (82nd Legislature) – Requires a school district to post on its website, to the extent practicable,the procedure for reporting bullying – Information on bullying reporting can be found in the MISD Student Handbook. The handbook can be viewed online. Click here to view the handbook.
Report incidents of bullying to school counselor Darla Jackson at her email (firstname.lastname@example.org), school address (P.O. Box 400 McDade, TX 78650), or by phone (512-273-2522 ext. 1502).
Physical Activity Policies (Education Code, §28.004(k)) – A Statement of a schools physical activity policies for elementary, middle school, and junior high school students and statement of the number of times during the preceding year the health adviser council met, whether the district has adopted and enforces policies to ensure that campuses are complying with vending machine and food service guidelines, and whether the district has adopted and enforces policies that penalizes the use of tobacco products by students.
Employee Standards of Conduct - Tobacco Use - DH (Legal)
In the 86th Legislature, HB 3884 required DSHS to create procedures for school districts to provide information relating to bacterial meningitis to students and parents. DSHS shall prescribe the form and content of the information. School Districts should provide the information on the district website, or provide a link to the page on the district website. (Education Code, §38.0025(a) – must provide on the district website the information from the Department of State Health Services
Bacterial Meningitis – Meningitis Bacteriana
In accordance with Texas Administrative Code §97.62, Texas law allows for an exemption from immunizations for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. To claim an exemption due to reasons of conscience, a student’s parent or legal guardian must request, sign, and submit an official DSHS affidavit form to the child’s school. The affidavit is valid for two years. Click HERE for information on how to obtain an affidavit.