Physical Education & Health

North East Independent School District's Physical Education & Health Department empowers all students with the knowledge and skills necessary to build confidence in making positive choices that develop and sustain lifelong behaviors that promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)


    What is the School Health Advisory Council?

    In Texas, the School Health Advisory Council or SHAC is the committee that the board of trustees of each school district must appoint to assist the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected in the district's health education instruction.

    The board of trustees must appoint at least five members to the SHAC.  The majority of the SHAC must consist of parents of students enrolled in the district who are not also district employees. One of the parent members must serve as chair or co-chair of the council.  The board of trustees may also appoint one or more persons from various community groups, including:

    • classroom teachers
    • certified school counselors
    • administrators
    • students
    • health care professionals licensed or certified to practice in enforcement
    • senior citizens
    • the clergy
    • nonprofit health organizations
    • local domestic violence programs.

    The SHAC is required to meet at least four times a year.

    What does the SHAC do?

    The SHAC is responsible for making policy recommendations to the board on a wide variety of issues regarding student health in district programming and curriculum, including:

    • the number of hours of instruction to be provided in health education.
    • appropriate policies, procedures, strategies, and curriculum to prevent physical and mental health concerns, including:
      • obesity
      • Type 2 diabetes
      • suicide
    • strategies for integrating health curriculum components in a coordinated school health program for the district
    • if feasible, joint use agreements or strategies for collaboration between the school district and community organizations or agencies
    • strategies to increase parental awareness regarding risky student behaviors and early warning signs of suicide risks and behavioral health concerns, including mental health disorders and substance use disorders

    Notably, the SHAC is also responsible for making recommendations to the board regarding appropriate grade levels and methods of instruction for human sexuality instruction and for instruction on child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking.

    The SHAC addresses all factors of the District's Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) including:

    • Family and community involvement
    • Nutrition services
    • Physical education
    • Health education
    • Counseling, psychological & social services
    • Health services
    • Health promotion for school staff

    To learn more about the design and function of the NEISD SHAC, see this presentation from the August 24, 2022 meeting.

    2022-2023 SHAC Meeting Dates

    August 24, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 | RAMEC Board Room

    November 30, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 | RAMEC Board Room  - MEETING POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER 14, 2022

    December 14, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 | Community Learning Center (CLC) Room 202  

    February 22, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 | RAMEC Board Room

    April 19, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 | RAMEC Board Room  

    May 17, 2022 | 12:15 - 1:30 | RAMEC Board Room  


    For more information, questions, or to express interest in serving as a member of SHAC (membership based on availability by cluster) please contact the PE & Health Department at  210-356-6810 or  or