Coordinated School Health

The goal of a coordinated school health program is to improve each student's physical, social, emotional and educational development by integrating health education, physical education and activity, nutrition services and parental involvement.

Garland ISD has chosen CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) as our coordinated school health program.  

The Health and Physical Education Department leads our coordinated school health initiative but the program's success relies on the following departments working together at the district and campus level:

Wellness policy

Current board policy regarding student wellness can be found at:

Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

SHAC is made up of parents, district staff and community members appointed by the district 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 the district-wide implementation of our coordinated school health program. Become knowledgeable about district efforts to create healthy learning environments. See SHAC member application.