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)
Effective July 1, 2015, the Chase Morris Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act requires:
In addition to the requirements the bill allows a school to hold an informational meeting regarding the signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
This bill does not create or eliminate any potential civil liability by the school or school employee.
Provider: National Federation of High Schools
Course: Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Provider: Sports Safety International
Course: CardiacWise 2.0
Effective July 1, 2007, the Diabetes Management in Schools Act requires:
Effective school year 2015-2016 the “Dustin Rhodes and Lindsey Steed CPR Training Act” requires:
o CPR in Schools Training Kit (Link)
o Family & Friends CPR Anytime (Link)
o Heartsaver CPR AED (Link)
o Hands-Only CPR Video – American Heart (Free YouTube video)
o Be the Beat (Link)
o American Red Cross (Link)
House Bill 2239 amends 70 O.S. § 1-116.3 to include adoption of a policy on or before September 1, 2008, that permits the self-administration of anaphylaxis medication by a student for treatment of anaphylaxis.
This amendment expands previous legislation that directs local school boards to adopt a policy permitting the self-administration of inhaled asthma medication by a student for treatment of asthma. Anaphylaxis medication includes but is not limited to Epinephrine injectors, prescribed by a physician and having an individual label. A student who is permitted to self-administer anaphylaxis medication shall be permitted to possess and use the anaphylaxis medication at all times for the school year in which permission for self-administration is effective.
Effective November 1, 2005, school districts must provide physical education programs to all students, which may include athletics. In addition, elementary schools are required to provide instruction in physical education or exercise programs for students in full-day Kindergarten through Grade 5 for a minimum of 60 minutes per week.
This bill further requires:
SB 262 directs the State Department of Education in collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Labor, to make available to school districts information regarding workplace safety training for grades seven through twelve.
S.B. 519 directs the State Department of Education and the State Department of Health to facilitate the development of a physical fitness assessment software program customized for public schools, effective July 1, 2008.
The software will track five components of student health-related physical fitness, including aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and a weight status assessment that includes measurement of height and weight, calculation of body mass index for age, and plotting of these measures on standard growth charts.
The software shall have the capability of creating a confidential individual student report. The program will be developed and made accessible to school districts at no cost.
The State Department of Health shall select at least fifteen elementary schools statewide to pilot the software program during the 2008-2009 school year. Pilot schools will assess all participating students in Grades three, four, and five. No school selected to participate in the pilot program shall be required to utilize the software program. No student shall be required to participate in the assessment if a parent or guardian of the student objects in writing.
Senate Bill 923, effective July 1, 2008, mandates that automated external defibrillators be made available at schools if funding is available. Purchase of defibrillators is contingent upon the availability of federal money or donations from private organizations or from persons made for this purpose. The school district may make automated external defibrillators available at high school athletic practice or competition in the district.
Any school district that makes automated external defibrillators available in schools or on school district property shall be immune from civil liability for personal injury which results from the use of the device, except for acts of gross negligence or willful wanton misconduct in accordance with Title 76 Section 5A. The State Department of Education will make available to school districts a list of private organizations or persons willing to make donations or that have resources available to schools for this purpose, federal programs or grants, and any other source of funding that school districts may use to purchase automated external defibrillators. The Department will also provide public recognition for private organizations or persons that provide funding to school districts for the purpose of purchasing automated external defibrillators.
Senate Bill 1186 amends 70 O.S. § 11-103.9 beginning with the 2008-2009 school year. The amendment requires that public elementary schools provide to students in full-day Kindergarten and Grades one through five an average of an additional 60 minutes of physical activity each week, which may include, but not be limited to, physical education, exercise programs, fitness breaks, recess, classroom activities, and wellness and nutrition education.
This is a requirement for accreditation and each local school board shall determine the specific activities and means of compliance. Local boards should give consideration to the recommendations of each school’s Health and Fit Schools Advisory Committee in determining specific activities.
In order to assist the Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committees in formulating recommendations about the health and physical activity of students, Senate Bill 1459 directs the State Department of Education, in consultation with the State Department of Health, to make available to schools information and technical assistance for use in:
The Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committees are encouraged to use the School Health Index available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site or Oklahoma's Healthy and Fit Schools Scorecard available on the Governor's Council of Physical Fitness and Sports Web site as a program assessment and monitoring instrument.
The purpose of Senate Bill 1627 provides for a Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee to be established at all public school sites. The committee shall:
Senate Bill 1700 was effective July 1, 2010. This new law provides for the development and implementation of guidelines for school personnel and student athletes related to sports related head injuries.
The law directs each local school board to work in cooperation with the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association to develop guidelines, notification procedures, and other pertinent information and forms regarding the risk of concussion and head injury for student athletes.
Additional language provides for the removal from participation of a student athlete and requirements to return to play for the athlete.
Senate Bill 1876 was effective November 1, 2010. This amendatory law provides for the implementation of a sequential, developmentally appropriate physical education curriculum and requires that at least fifty percent (50%) of physical education activities be performed at a moderate or vigorous level.
Amendatory language directs each school district to establish specific objectives and goals for the district’s physical education curriculum and directs the State Board of Education to ensure that schools emphasize: the knowledge and skills appropriate for a lifetime of regular physical activity; moderate or vigorous activity levels; opportunity to participate in many types of physical activity including cooperative and competitive games; meets the needs of students of all physical ability levels; teaches self-management and movement skills, cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation; promotes physical activity outside of school; and allows physical education classes to be an enjoyable experience for students.