School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
A School Health Advisory Council is an advisory group composed of individuals selected primarily from the health and education segments of the community. Influencing students to lead healthy and productive lives is likely to be most effective when schools, the community, and parents work together. Each has unique resources, each can access students in ways the other can not, and each has different means of influencing the behaviors of young people. But the coordination of these efforts requires planning. Therefore, the group acts collectively in providing advice to the school system on aspects of the school health programs. The members of the council are appointed by the school system to advise the school system.
Local school health advisory councils are one means of planning consistent and focused action. Councils, comprised of representatives from the eight components of school health (Health education, physical education, nutrition services, family and community, mental and social health, staff wellness, school environment and health services) can objectively assess the needs of young people and identify the required resources. Councils can also serve as a communication link among the three groups to help prevent misunderstanding and clarify roles and responsibilities.
The health of young people is directly tied to academic achievement and their potential for school success and overall quality of life. The schools alone cannot solve or prevent health-related problems. However, the schools' ability to have a positive impact on students' health behavior and academic gains is enhanced with the help of community resources.
SHAC Data Sources:
In the spring of every odd-numbered year, NC Healthy Schools implements a statewide Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The NC YRBS helps assess behaviors in youth that impact their health now and in the future. Topics include violence, personal safety, physical activity, nutrition, mental health, tobacco, drugs and alcohol, protective factors and sexual behavior questions (for high school students only). Help us continue implementing the YRBS by letting us know how you use and support the YRBS.
N.C. School Health Profiles Survey:
In every even-numbered year, the statewide School Health Profiles Survey is conducted. The Profiles survey has two parts. The Principal Survey assesses policies related to health education and school climate, and the Lead Health Education Teacher survey looks at health programs and implementation as well as student skills development. Help us continue implementing the Profiles survey by letting us know how you use and support the Profiles Survey.
School Health Services Reports on Public Schools:
The School Health Services Report on Public Schools is compiled annually at the end of each school year by school nurses and contains data collected from each local education agency (LEA) in North Carolina. It contains information on the numbers, employers, educational background, and locations of all school nurses employed in North Carolina public schools, including the school nurse to student ratio in each LEA. It also contains data on health conditions identified in the student population and the school health services that are provided statewide.
Healthy Active Children Policy (GCS-S-000) Reporting Format:
Every year, school districts submit reports documenting their implementation of the Healthy Active Children Policy.