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Health Advisory Council

Health Advisory Council

Parents/Guardians are invited to join with other Parker faculty and students to fulfill the mission of the Health Advisory Council (HAC): to examine health, safety and environmental issues within the Parker Community, to provide recommendations to Parker’s faculty and staff including the Board of Trustees, and to organize special events within the school that assist in meeting these objectives. The HAC is a strong example of parent/guardian and community involvement at the Parker School. This committee began its initial operations at the Parker School as the Health Task Force in March, 1995 when the school was still in its planning stages.

The HAC is comprised of a cross-section of the Parker community, a community that draws students from over 40 different cities and towns. Although a diverse community, this committee remains committed to being a working group of involved parents/guardians and faculty that contributes to the development of curriculum, policies and procedures for the Parker School. It serves as an advocacy group concerning student health and safety and environmental issues at the school.

The HAC at Parker developed the Parker School’s health education curriculum. It has been responsible for the complete environmental review of the present facility that houses the Parker School. It has been involved in such issues as ensuring adequate coverage for first aid at Parker sporting events, developing policies concerning the use of mercury and pesticides, animals in the classroom and monitoring of internet usage at the school. It has a varied agenda that in the past has included condom availability, critical incident management, and consultation concerning Division III discretionary time and school service. The School Nurse serves as coordinator of the HAC.

If you would like to join in the work of this action-oriented committee, please contact the School Nurse, HAC Coordinator, at the school (978) 772-3293. This is a great way to fulfill your parent/guardian volunteer hours!

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