La Porte ISD’s School Health Advisory Council has received the Characteristics of an Effective School Health Advisory Council Award from Region XIII Education Service Center and the Texas Education Agency for the 2010-2011 school year.
This award showcases districts that are demonstrating excellence and effectiveness in enhancing the health of students, staff and community members within their local school districts.
The Texas Education Code requires that each independent school district have a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), which is made up of representatives from the community within the school district they serve. More than half of the SHAC members must be parents of students enrolled in the district and who are not employed by the district.
Additionally, SHACs must meet at least four times per year, contain a minimum of five members, report directly to the school board at least once annually, and appoint a parent as a chair or co-chair.
The grant awards for Characteristics of an Effective School Health Advisory Council are made in an effort to highlight district SHACs that go above and beyond the minimum requirements of the law.
As a result of this award, each grant recipient will receive $4,500 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the health of all students and families within their community through a coordinated school health approach. The SHACs can use the funds to enhance the implementation of school health programs with a focus on health education and HIV prevention.
Other Texas school districts honored included Austin, Burleson, Canutillo, Clyde, Conroe, Fort Bend, Granger, Hays, Houston, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Livingston, McKinney, Rockwall, Rusk and Troy.
La Porte ISD also received the Award for Excellence in Texas School Health/Reaching for Excellence Award sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ School Health Program. This award was presented in recognition of the district’s plan for the “Lean, Mean, and Screened” program for the EKG screening of student athletes.
The award includes $1,200, which will be used to help fund the screening program. The district will be recognized at the Texas School Health Association Conference Awards Banquet scheduled for Jan. 28, 2011, at the Marriott Houston Westchase.