A ll Texas school districts are required by law to have an active School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) of which the majority of members must be parents who are not employed by the school district. SHAC provides an efficient, effective structure for creating and implementing an age-appropriate, health education program, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community members.
The health of our children does not depend on major medical breakthroughs, but rather on the every day practice of good health habits. Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. The health risk behaviors established early in life include: tobacco use, poor food choices and inadequate physical activity leading to obesity and/or diabetes, alcohol and drug use, unintended pregnancy, intentional and unintentional injuries due to violence.
Many chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and seizures can be effectively managed when students are evaluated on a regular basis and learn self-care skills. The Rockdale ISD SHAC has focused on these areas in prior years, and it continues to provide board recommendations and guidance for our students and staff.
The Rockdale ISD 2013-14 SHAC held their first meeting on Oct. 8 at the Rockdale Elementary discussing various school health related topics. For more information regarding the SHAC’s initial meeting, please visit the RISD website where you will find the meeting agenda and minutes. The focus of the Rockdale ISD SHAC for 2013-14 school year will be the implementation of the Rockdale ISD School Based Health Clinic through a partnership with Little River Health Care.
A nurse practitioner will be available on a rotating basis on each campus. This “on campus” clinic will serve as an extension of the current local Little River Health Care clinic. The School Based Health Clinic is scheduled to begin operation during the 2014 Spring semester.
Current studies indicate that by addressing children’s health, schools can improve student performance and success. There is mounting evidence that when schools take action to address health needs of students, they can also improve student attendance and meet performance goals.