Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

  • Students Walking What is the Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)?

    The Surry County Schools District School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is an advisory group composed of classroom teachers, health/physical education teachers, school nurses, school counselors, administrators and individuals selected from the health and education segments of the community. The group acts collectively in providing advice to the school system on aspects of the school health programs.  

    In addition, each individual school has a health and wellness team that makes decisions for their school based on items discussed at the district SHAC meetings.

    We believe 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 cannot, and each has different means of influencing the behaviors of young people.

    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.