Sherry Fisher, R.N., BSN
Director of Health and Physical Education
There are staff members at the State Department of Education that may be able to assist you with your physical education/health questions; however, your local county health department may better address your concerns. If you do not have a county health department, please contact the administrator of the closest county health department.
Click on the links below to access the Health and PE Standards.
The Diabetes Management in Schools Training is for anyone with the responsibility of a diabetes medical management plan of a student at school. This can include teachers, school nurses, school personnel.
Friday, September 2 - Broken Arrow, OK
Monday, September 12 - Putnam City Schools
Wednesday, September 21- Sapulpa
Tuesday, November 15 & 22
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"What to do in an emergency" information for school staff when the school nurse is not available.
A. At the beginning of each school year, when the board of education of a school district provides information on immunizations, infectious disease, medications, or other school health issues to parents and guardians of students in grades six through twelve, the board shall include information about meningococcal meningitis. The information shall include at least the causes and symptoms of meningococcal meningitis, how it is spread, sources for additional information about meningococcal meningitis, and the availability, effectiveness, and risks of vaccination against the disease.880
B. The State Department of Education, in cooperation with the State Department of Health, shall develop and make available to school districts information that meets the requirements of subsection A of this section. The State Department of Education shall develop and make the information available in the most cost-effective and programmatically effective manner available as determined by the Department, which shall at a minimum include posting the information on the Department’s website. (70-1210.195)
A. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) prevention education shall be taught in the public schools of this state. AIDS prevention education shall be limited to the discussion of the disease AIDS and its spread and prevention. Students shall receive such education:
1. at the option of the local school district, a minimum of once during the period from grade five through grade six;
2. a minimum of once during the period from grade seven through grade nine; and
3. a minimum of once during the period from grade ten through grade twelve.
B. The State Department of Education shall develop curriculum and materials for AIDS prevention education in conjunction with the State Department of Health. A school district may also develop its own AIDS prevention education curriculum and materials. Any curriculum and materials developed for use in the public schools shall be approved for medical accuracy by the State Department of Health. A school district may use any curriculum and materials which have been developed and approved pursuant to this subsection.333
C. School districts shall make the curriculum and materials that will be used to teach AIDS prevention education available for inspection by the parents and guardians of the students that will be involved with the curriculum and materials. Furthermore, the curriculum must be limited in time frame to deal only with factual medical information for AIDS prevention. The school districts, at least one (1) month prior to teaching AIDS prevention education in any classroom, shall conduct for the parents and guardians of the students involved during weekend and evening hours at least one presentation concerning the curriculum and materials that will be used for such education. No student shall be required to participate in AIDS prevention education if a parent or guardian of the student objects in writing to such participation.
D. AIDS prevention education shall specifically teach students that:
1. engaging in homosexual activity, promiscuous sexual activity, intravenous drug use or contact with contaminated blood products is now known to be primarily responsible for contact with the AIDS virus;
2. avoiding the activities specified in paragraph 1 of this subsection is the only method of preventing the spread of the virus;
3. sexual intercourse, with or without condoms, with any person testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibodies, or any other person infected with HIV, places that individual in a high risk category for developing AIDS.
E. The program of AIDS prevention education shall teach that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain means for the prevention of the spread or contraction of the AIDS virus through sexual contact. It shall also teach that artificial means of birth control are not a certain means of preventing the spread of the AIDS virus and reliance on such methods puts a person at risk for exposure to the disease.
F. The State Department of Health and the State Department of Education shall update AIDS education curriculum material as newly discovered medical facts make it necessary. (70-11-103.3)
HB 2432 went into effect on July 1 of this year. The bill requires each public school to post a sign in English and Spanish containing the toll-free Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline maintained by DHS. The sign must be posted in a clearly visible location in an area of the school that is readily accessible to students.
The bill also directs the State Board of Education to promulgate administrative rules relating to the size and location of the sign. These rules will be developed through the normal rule adoption process over the coming months. However, because the bill has already gone into effect, schools may use discretion in posting the signs until rules are implemented.
For your convenience, SDE has designed signs, one in English and one in Spanish, that you may use in order to meet the requirements of HB 2432. Please know that you are not required to use this sign design; however, if you do, please be sure to post both the English and Spanish versions.
As a reminder, Oklahoma law also requires that every person who has reason to believe a child under the age of 18 is a victim of abuse or neglect report the matter promptly to DHS via the hotline.
If you have questions, contact Michelle Sutherlin, Director of Prevention Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 521-2106.
Senate Bill 239, the Chase Morris Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, goes into effect July 1, 2015. Under the new law, every coach associated with an athletic activity must complete the sudden cardiac arrest training course offered by a provider approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Health prior to coaching.
In addition, prior to participation in an athletic activity, the student and the student’s parent or guardian will need to review and sign the Athlete/Parent/Guardian Sudden Cardiac Arrest Symptoms and Warning Signs Information Sheet developed by the State Department of Health and Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE).
All coaches need to complete one of the FREE training courses listed below as soon as possible.
Provider: National Federation of High Schools
Course: Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Provider: Sports Safety International
Course: CardiacWise 2.0
This law becomes effective November 1, 2016. It makes changes to the requirements for addressing athletes exhibiting signs of a concussion and adds new requirements for game and team officials. Please refer to the Management of Concussion in sports website for the free online training and further guidelines.
According to SB 932 (2008) – Contingent upon funding, each school district shall make automated external defibrillators available at each school site in the district. See the list of possible funding that is available. Local civic organizations, corporations and businesses generally have funds available for community service initiatives and are very approachable. If you are aware of private organizations or persons willing to make donations, please let the Oklahoma State Department of Education know, so the donors could be recognized.
Effective school year 2015-2016 the “Dustin Rhodes and Lindsey Steed CPR Training Act” requires:
All public school districts will report to the State Department of Education the number of Kindergarten, first, and third grade students who submitted certification of a completed vision screening, and also the number of students who received a comprehensive eye examination from an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The State Vision Screening Report is to be submitted on the Single Sign On Reporting Site. This report is due annually by June 1. You cannot enter results after July 1st.
Remember in order for school personnel to perform a vision screening, they must complete the “Vision Screening Certification Course”. The certification is valid for three years. You must be recertified within a month before the expiration date.
For information on vision screening training, please visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health's School Vision Screening Web site.
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