Student Health Advisory Committee

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is an advisory group comprised of individuals who represent segments of the community. The group acts collectively to provide advice to the MWISD on aspects of the school district's health and wellness program.

Research shows that healthy children do better in school - from attendance and behavior to academics and overall performance. SHAC is an exciting partnership exists between Mineral Wells ISD and members of the community. This council, made up of parents, community members, students, school health personnel and teaching staff who, as a council, provide advice to the district in ensuring that community values and local health issues are reflected in the district's health education policies and instruction. Parents and community members are always welcomed and encouraged to join the council.

For more information on the council, please contact Health Services Coordinator and Lead Nurse:
Wanda Voelcker, BSN, RN
School Nurse, Houston Elementary
Houston Elementary
300 SW 13th Street
Mineral Wells, TX 76067
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we have a SHAC?
Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code requires school districts to establish School Health Advisory Council to assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district’s health education instruction.

What is the role of the SHAC?
The MWISD SHAC serves as an advisory council which provides recommendations, changes and/or additions to the school’s health education curriculum and instruction for consideration by the MWISD Board of Trustees.
The council will look at and discuss issues and concerns that impact the entire district, not just individual campuses.

Responsibilities include:
  • Ensuring that local community values are reflected in MWISD’s health education instruction;
  • Fielding health education concerns from the community and bring them to a SHAC meeting for discussion;
  • Providing leadership for health education concerns;
  • Serving the MWISD Board of Education and submitting recommendations to the Board as needed.
  • Duties include recommending:
  1. The number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education;
  2. Curriculum appropriate for specific grade levels designed to prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type 2 diabetes through coordination of:
Health education;
Physical education and physical activity
Parental involvement; and
Instruction to prevent the use of tobacco;
3.  Appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction; and
4.  Strategies for integrating the curriculum with the following elements in a coordinated school health program for the district:
School health services;
Counseling and guidance services;
A safe and healthy school environment; and
School employee wellness.