Research shows that healthy children do better in school - from attendance and behavior to academics and overall performance. Nixon-Smiley CISD believes that the ability to learn at school is directly related to the status of a student’s health. We are dedicated to supporting current health initiatives. Together, we can help our students establish healthy behaviors and practice good health habits every day. For additional information concerning school health and safety, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services.
As stated in our Student Handbook on pages 51 and 52:
The district has adopted policies and implemented procedures to comply with state and federal food service guidelines for restricting student access to vending machines. For more information regarding these policies and guidelines see the campus principal. [See policies at CO and FFA.]
The district and its staff strictly enforce prohibitions against the use of tobacco products by students and others on school property and at school-sponsored and school-related activities. [See the Student Code of Conduct and policies at FNCD and GKA.]
What is a School Health Advisory council (SHAC)?
A 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.
SHACs provide an efficient, effective structure for creating and implementing age-appropriate, sequential health education programs, and early intervention and prevention strategies that can easily be supported by local families and community stakeholders.
Benefits of Having a SHAC
- Addressing the health needs of students through the work of the SHAC, helps meet district performance goals and alleviates financial constraints.
- SHACs play an important role in communicating the connection between health and learning to school administrators, parents and community stakeholders.
- SHACs can help parents and community stakeholders reinforce the health knowledge and skills children need to be healthy for a lifetime.
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. Title 2, Chapter 28, Section 28.004 of the Texas Education Code at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.28.htm#28.004p details the specifics of this mandate.
Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule, United States, 2011
Why immunize your child?
Vaccines work to protect infants, children, and adults from illnesses and death caused by infectious diseases. While the U.S. currently has record, or near record, low cases of vaccine-preventable diseases, the viruses and bacteria that cause them still exist. Even diseases that have been eliminated in this country, such as polio, are only a plane ride away. Polio, and other infectious diseases, can be passed on to people who are not protected by vaccines. *Vaccine-preventable diseases have a costly impact, resulting in doctor's visits, hospitalizations, and premature deaths. Sick children can also cause parents to lose time from work.*
Nixon-Smiley CISD supports health and physical education for all students. Lifetime benefits are derived from an active lifestyle and knowledge of the importance of nutrition, hygiene, and healthy choices made at a personal and interpersonal level. Our goal is to teach all of the students at NSCISD the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. Links to School Board Policies:
Annually, the District will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students in grades 3 - 12. At the end of the school year, a parent may submit a written request to the child’s teacher to obtain the results of his or her child’s physical fitness assessment conducted during the school year.
To teach all NSCISD students the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle and provide tools to achieve lifetime wellness.
Our Health & Physical Education curricula aligns with state and national standards.