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    The goal of a coordinated school health program is to improve each student's physical, social, emotional and educational development by integrating health education, physical education and activity, nutrition services and parental involvement.

    Garland ISD has chosen CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) as our coordinated school health program.  

    Interested in joining SHAC?

    The Garland ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is accepting applicants for the 2024-2025 school year.

    Parents and community members play a vital role in the district-wide implementation of our coordinated school health program. SHAC members learn about district efforts to create healthy learning environments in our district and community. 

    Apply to be a SHAC member

    Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

    The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) assists the district in making sure local community values are reflected in the Coordinated School Health model. The council will address topics related to health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, social and emotional learning, counseling, healthy school environment, staff health promotion and family/community involvement.

    The SHAC is made up of parents, district staff, and community members appointed by the district. These members provide recommendations to the GISD Board of Trustees on coordinated school health programming and its impact on student health and learning.  The SHAC will assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district’s health education instruction. The SHAC provides an efficient, effective structure for recommending age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.

    SHAC laws

    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.  See Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code.

    SHAC Meeting Dates

    All SHAC meetings begin at 12 p.m. and will be held at the Shugart Professional Development Center.

    *10/6 is the rescheduled date for SHAC Meeting 1

    2023-24 Members

    • LeeAnn Stephenson, District Representative and SHAC Co-chair
    • Dr. Lisa Olsen, District Representative and SHAC Secretary
    • Craig Hempel, District Representative
    • Jonathan Armstrong, District Representative
    • Justin Browne, District Representative
    • Sabrina Jeter, District Representative
    • Shelley Garrett, District Representative
    • Renee Kotsopoulos, District Representative
    • Jessica “JR” Chester, Parent Representative and SHAC Co-chair
    • Dr. April Givens, Parent Representative
    • Beth Harshman-Martinez, Parent Representative
    • Gwen Way, Parent Representative
    • Jamie Reed, Parent Representative
    • Jerrica Sims, Parent Representative
    • Karen Gonzalez, Parent Representative
    • Karyn Shaw, Parent Representative
    • Leilani Dodgen, Parent Representative
    • Liz Kiertscher, Parent Representative
    • Margaret Finley, Parent Representative
    • Megan Jacobsen, Parent Representative
    • Michelle Marquez, Parent Representative
    • Mirella M. Salinas, Parent Representative
    • Natasha Shaw, Parent Representative
    • Sheri Thompson, Parent Representative
    • Sophia Green, Parent Representative
    • Vanessa M. West (Washington), Parent Representative
    • Veronica Davis, Parent Representative
    • Kathryn Lynn, Community Representative
    • Virginia Pollard, Community Representative - Board Appointed
    • Stephanie Myers, Community Representative - Board Appointed
    • Justin Estes, Community Representative - Board Appointed
    • TaJuana Walls, Community Representative - Board Appointed
    • Teena Johnson, Community Representative