Coordinated School Health

A coordinated school health program is an integrated set of planned, sequential, school-affiliated strategies, activities and services designed to promote the optimal physical, emotional, social and educational development of students. Garland ISD has chosen CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) as our coordinated school health program.  

Many Garland ISD departments help comprise the coordinated school health initiative.  The Health and Physical Education Department serves as the lead, but involvement by the following departments is critical to the overall success of sustaining coordinated school health efforts at the district and campus level:

Wellness policy

Current board policy regarding student wellness can be found at FFA(LOCAL): Student Welfare-Wellness and Health Services(Revisions coming soon)

Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

SHAC is a group of individuals representing segments of the community appointed by the school district to serve at the district level, to provide advice to the district 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.

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.

Interested in joining SHAC?

The Garland ISD School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is seeking new members. Parents and community members play a vital role in our district-wide implementation of our coordinated school health program. Become knowledgeable about district efforts to create healthy learning environments. See SHAC member application.

2017-18 SHAC meeting dates

All meetings will take place from 12-1 p.m. in the Sachse Room of the Harris Hill Administration Building.

  • Sept. 20
  • Nov. 15
  • Feb. 21
  • April 18