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School Health Advisory Council


                           Coordinated Wellness:   School, home, and community working together to support the well being of students
Pleasanton ISD's School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) works to support health and well being by establishing program goals for initiatives intended to improve the lives of students.  Encouraging families to develop healthy literacy habits with preschool age children has become one of the initiatives the council supports.  SHAC believes that children who have been involved in early literacy activities are better equipped to start school and be successful.  They believe that the benefits of  early literacy transcend advantages of learning to read and include developed healthy self concepts, self management skills, and the ability to better understand and relate to those around them.  Through a partnership with local medical professionals, child care professionals, and school professionals an Early Literacy program has been established.    SHAC's Literacy Initiative is rooted in the belief that investing in the overall well being of children before they begin school is increases their potential for success.   For more information on "Read to Me" see your local health care provider, the resources provided below, or attend the next local SHAC meeting!
SHAC meeting dates for the 2018-2019 School year are
October 9, 2018     December 11, 2018     February 12, 2019     April 9, 2019
All meetings are held at the Pleasanton ISD Training Center on Jolly St
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Parent Resources for Preschool Age Children

Every parent wants their child to start school on the right foot.  One avenue to support their wellness; physical, mental, and emotional, is with technology. There are applications and games available on computers and phones that parents can use to help prepare their child for school.  Education is different than it was 10 years ago.  Children will learn things at school that didn't exist when their parents were in school.  Providing the opportunity for children to learn reading literacy and computer literacy skills at a young age gives them a great advantage in developing their minds.  The time parents spend with their children on these activities will strengthen their emotional well being and provide opportunity to instill healthy habits. 

            Below are links to information and tools you can use to help your child become familiar with and learn become prepared with to start school.  Click on the pictures to follow the links.  for more healthy activity ideas, see the Healthy Lifestyles Home page

 The Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines: The guide describes

growth and developmental mile markers for children as well as tips for parents.  The purpose is to give parents ways to be responsive to the needs of their growing child.

Seven apps for iPhone and android devices designed for building confidence in budding bookworms at every stage of learning to read, from pronouncing letter sounds to recognizing common sight words.

daisy dinoComputer Coding:  This free, fun app has an easy drag & drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy and make her dance on their screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges.

Preschool apps that teach ABC’s, 123’s, colors, shapes and more. The web page gives guidelines on age appropriate apps as well as information on apps that are quality educational apps.


fitness appsApps for keeping kids, including preschoolers active:  Health, nutrition, and fitness applications that provide an education into how the body works, what makes it run better, and more, while feeding your child’s technology addiction. Computer Science:  This website provides list of lessons, games, and interactives designed to teach coding skills. There is something for every age from 4-104, and even some “unplugged” options for teaching computer science concepts without computers.

 Literacy Apps:  Educational apps that provide practice with essential skills in print awareness, phonics, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. We've also added a special section for children with dyslexia that includes apps for text-to-speech, audio books, and organization and goal-setting.



What is a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?

A SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community, appointed by the school district to serve at the district level, to provide advice to the district on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning. SHAC provide an efficient, effective structure for creating and implementing age-appropriate, sequential healthy educational programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.


Benefits of Having a SHAC

Addressing the health needs of students through the work of the SHAC, helps meet district performance goals and alleviates financial constraints.

  1. SHAC play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents and community stakeholders.
  2. SHAC can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the health knowledge and skills children need to be healthy for a lifetime.
The 2017-2018 School Health Advisory Council worked to create the Wellness Plan adopted by the School Board.

SHAC Laws in Texas:  

Every independent school system is required by law to have a School District Health Advisory Council; of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district. Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code at details the specifics of this mandate.


SHAC Resources:  

SHAC Guide for Texas School Districts:

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