School Health Advisory Council
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 https://www.pisd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=244106&type=d&pREC_ID=591379.
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.
Computer 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.
Apps 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.
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.
- SHAC play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents and community stakeholders.
- SHAC can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the health knowledge and skills children need to be healthy for a lifetime.
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 http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.28.htm#28.004 details the specifics of this mandate.
SHAC Guide for Texas School Districts:
ESC 20: firstname.lastname@example.org