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Curriculum and Instruction
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Health Education
     Last Updated: 9/17/2013

Mandate: Schools in Oklahoma are not required to provide instruction in health education at any level. Health education is not a high school graduation requirement. However, Statute 70-11-103.6 (2005) strongly recommends high schools encourage students to complete two units of health and physical education.

Curriculum Content:
 The state has formally approved standards for what students should be able to learn and know, called the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002). The standards are clustered into grades 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

State Assessment Requirement: 
None

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Physical Education
     Last Updated: 9/17/2013
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Mandate: Statute 70-11-103.9 (2007) requires school districts provide all students with physical education programs, which may include athletics. It specifically requires that all public elementary schools, grades K-5, provide instruction in physical education or exercise program for a minimum of an average of 60 minutes per week.  Recess time may not be counted toward the physical education requirement.  The statute strongly encourages, but does not require, districts to provide physical education instruction to students in grades 6-12.  Statute 70-11-103.6 (2005) strongly recommends, but does not require, high schools encourage students to complete two units of health and physical education.

     Last Updated: 9/17/2013

Statute 70-11-103.9 (2007) requires school districts to provide to parents or guardians of students a physical activity report. It must include the following: (1) A summary on how physical activity is being incorporated into the school day; (2) A summary of the types of physical activities the students are exposed to in the physical education programs; (3) Suggestions on monitoring the physical activity progress of a child and how to encourage regular participation in physical activity; and (4) Information on the benefits of physical education and physical activity.

Exemptions:
 None granted by SEA.

Curriculum Content: Statute 70-11-103 (2010) outlines criteria for physical education curricula, including a  requirement that at least fifty percent of physical education class time be used for actual physical activity, and that the activity be performed at a moderate or vigorous level. The statute further requires each school district to establish specific objectives and goals it intends to accomplish through the physical education curriculum. The PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002) establishes physical education standards.  There is no specific required curriculum at any grade level.

Physical Fitness Assessment:
 None.
Asthma Awareness Education
     Last Updated: 1/30/2006

Not specifically required.

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Emotional, Social, and Mental Health Education
     Last Updated: 2/18/2013

The PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002) recommends emotional, social, and mental health skills be taught to grades 1-12. Standard 1 suggests students be taught the relationship between physical and emotional health in grades 1-4. Standard 3 suggests students be taught anger management, stress management, and the mental consequences of a poor diet in grades 1-8. Standard 5 suggests students in grades 1-8 be taught healthy expression of feelings and emotions and anger management.

Character Education: Not specifically required for all schools. The state has received a one million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement the Character Education Pilot Projects Program in 8 school districts. The result has been the implementation of character education programs in 57 school districts, with 52,688 students participating.

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HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education
     Last Updated: 2/18/2013

Mandate: Statute 70-11-103.3 (1987) requires students to receive instruction on AIDS prevention education at least once during grades 5-6; 7-9; and, 10-12. Instruction about STDs or pregnancy prevention is not required at any level.

Curriculum Content: Statute 70-11-103.3 requires the State Departments of Education and Health to develop curriculum and materials and keep them updated. A school district may develop its own AIDS prevention education curriculum but they must be approved for medical accuracy by the State Department of Health. Statute 70-11-105.1 (1995) requires the district superintendent to approve all curricula and materials related to sex education.

The PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002) includes a set of standards specifically for HIV/AIDS education in grades 7-12: 1. Investigate and examine current information about HIV/AIDS in order to differentiate related facts, opinions, and myths.  2. Examine and identify the importance of sexual abstinence in adolescent relationships.  3. Demonstrate refusal skills (saying "no"), negotiation skills and peer resistance skills related to sexual health.  4. Analyze the transmission and methods of prevention for STDs and HIV.  5. Identify risk behaviors and situations involving possible exposure to HIV.  6. Examine the relationships between injecting drug use (IDU) and contact with contaminated blood products and the transmission of HIV.  7. Analyze the efficiency of artificial means of birth control in preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Statute 70-11-103.3 stipulates that, AIDS prevention education shall be limited to the discussion of the disease AIDS and its spread and prevention." The statute also requires teachers to instruct students that engaging in homosexual activity or promiscuous sexual activity is now known to be primarily responsible for contact with the AIDS virus, and that sexual intercourse, with or without condoms, with any person testing positive for HIV antibodies, or any other person infected with HIV, places that individual in a high risk category for developing AIDS." The program must also 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."

Parental Approval: Statutes 70-11-103.3 and 70-11-105.1 (1995) allow parents to remove a student from AIDS prevention or sex education classes upon written request (an opt-out" policy). Both laws also contain detailed requirements for prior notice of classes and parental inspection of the materials.

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Nutrition Education
     Last Updated: 2/18/2013

Standard 3 of the PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002) includes nurition as a key learning concept.

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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Education
     Last Updated: 2/18/2013

Alcohol: ThePASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002) recommends students are taught the risks and effects of alcohol use on the body in the standards in grades 1-8. It is also recommended students learn refusal and resistance skills in grades 1-4 and 9-12.

Tobacco: The PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education recommends students are taught the risks and effects of tobacco use on the body in the standards in grades 1-8. It is also recommended students learn refusal and resistance skills in grades 1-4 and 9-12.

Drugs: The PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education recommends students are taught the risks and effects of drug use, including steroids, on the body in the standards in grades 1-12. It is also recommended students learn refusal and resistance skills in grades 1-4 and 9-12.

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Injury and Violence Prevention Education
     Last Updated: 2/18/2013

Bullying/Harassment: The PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002) recommends students be taught how to identify bullying, how to diffuse and avoid bullies, how to report bullying, and the difference between teasing and bullying, and how to identify different types of harassment in grades 1-4 (Standards 4 & 5).

Fighting/Gangs: The PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002) recommends students be taught anger management (Standards 3-5), how to avoid threatening situations (Standard 3), violence prevention (Standards 1 & 3), non-violent conflict resolution (Standards 3-5), how to report violence (Standard 3), and abuse protection strategies (Standard 1) in grades 1-12.

Suicide and Other Self-Abuse Prevention: While Oklahoma has no specific policy addressing suicide education, the PASS Integrated Curriculum: Health, Safety and Physical Education (2002) recommends students be taught how to cope with personal loss and respect for oneself respectively in grades 5-8 (Standards 3 & 5).

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Staff
Requirements for All Educators Regarding Health Education
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Professional Development: Statute 70-24-100.5 (2002) establishes Safe School Committees in every school. One of these committee's goals is to report to the principal the professional development needs of faculty and staff to implement methods to decrease student harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

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Requirements for Health Educators
     Last Updated: 9/17/2013

Pre-Service Requirement: The minimum requirement for prospective health teachers in elementary grades prior to licensure is a bachelor's degree, with no additional coursework in health. The specific details of initial licensure are outlined in Statute 70-6-190 (2002). For prospective teachers in middle or high school, a candidate is required to complete competency examinations in the subject area, in addition to a bachelor's degree. The specific details of licensure are outlined in Statute 70-6-187 (2002). The Competencies for Licensure & Certification(2009) provides an outline of the knowledge and skills required for Health/Safety licensure and certification.

 

Professional Development: The state does not require health education teachers to participate in on-going professional development covering health education topics. However, the state does provide funds for staff development in the area of HIV and offers other professional development opportunities for health educators, physical education teachers, administrators, counselors, school nurses, and safe & drug-free school coordinators.

 

 

 
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Requirements for Physical Educators
     Last Updated: 9/17/2013

Pre-service Requirement: According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE),, Oklahoma requires certification or licensure of physical education teachers at the elementary, middle school/junior high and high school levels. Physical education teachers must pass a licensure exam and renew their certification every five years. The Competencies for Licensure & Certification(2009) provides an outline of the knowledge and skills required for Physical Education/Safety licensure and certification.

Professional Development: According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), continuing education hours/credits are required in order to maintain/renew one's physical education teacher certification or licensure and the state does provide funding for professional development.

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Requirements for School Nurses
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Pre-Service Requirement: Statute 70-1-116 (1994) requires school nurses to be a registered nurse licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education, and must also be certified according to the rules and regulation of the State Board of Education. Statute 59-567.5 (2003) requires the completion of an approved nursing program, the possession of a bachelor's degree, and the passing of the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

Professional Development: The state provides funds for staff development in the area of HIV and offers other professional development opportunities for school nurses.

Student-to-Nurse Ratio: None specified.

Requirements for Non-Certified Personnel to Administer Medication
     Last Updated: 9/17/2013

Pre-service Requirement: Statute 70-1-116.2 (1982) allows an administrator or designated school employee to administer nonprescription and prescription medication.  Statute 70-1210.196.1 to 70-1210.196.8 (2007) requires the State Department of Health to develop guidelines for the training of school volunteer diabetes care assistants. Training should include recognition of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, proper glucose target ranges, performance of finger sticks and checking of urine ketone levels, administration of insulin and glucagon, and recommended food intake schedules.

Professional Development
: None specified.

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Requirements for School Counselors
     Last Updated: 5/4/2009

Pre-Service Requirement: The Competencies for Licensure & Certification (2002) requires a minimum of a master's degree and a passing grade on a state certification test.

Professional Development: Statute 70-6-194 (1998) requires local boards of education to establish professional development programs for the certified and licensed teachers and administrators of the district. Each program specifically must allow school counselors to receive at least one-third of the hours or credit required each year through programs or courses specifically designed for school counselors.

The state provides funded opportunities for staff development in the area of HIV and offers other professional development opportunities for counselors.

Student-to-Counselor Ratio: OAR 210:35-7-43 (1992) requires there be one counselor to every 450 students, with at least one half-time counselor employed in each school district.

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Requirements for School Psychologists
     Last Updated: 5/4/2009

Pre-Service Requirement: The Competencies for Licensure & Certification (2002) requires a minimum of a master's degree, a passing grade on a state certification test, and completion of a specified course of study outlined by the State Department of Education. State licensure or credential is not required.

Professional Development: None specified.

Student-to-Psychologist Ratio: None specified.

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Requirements for School Social Workers
     Last Updated: 5/4/2009

Pre-Service Requirement: The Competencies for Licensure & Certification (2002) requires a minimum of a master's degree, a state license, and completion of a specified course of study outlined by the State Department of Education.

Professional Development: None specified.

Student-to-Social Worker Ratio: None specified.

Requirements for Food Service Personnel
     Last Updated: 7/14/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.

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Requirements for Athletic Coaches
     Last Updated: 5/4/2009

Pre-service Requirement: The Standards for Accreditation of Oklahoma Schools (2006) requires all athletic coaches, being assigned coaching duties as of 1975-76, to have completed 2 semester hours in the care and prevention of athletic injuries or hold an athletic coaching endorsement per OAR 210:35-9-44 (2002). In addition, all coaches and athletic directors shall be employed by the school district, shall hold valid teaching certificates, and their names shall appear on the class schedule per OAR 210:35-9-44.

Professional Development: None specified.

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Health Promoting Environment
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Wellness Policies
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Additional Accountability Requirements: Statute Title 70, Section 24-100b (2005) requires each school district to report to the state Department of Education on the district's wellness policy, goals, guidelines, and progress in implementing the policy and attaining the goals. Each district shall require each school under its jurisdiction to provide a report to the district by a deadline it determines for use in compiling the district report.

Additional Content Requirements: None

Guidance Materials: The state Department of Education has produced a School Wellness Policy Model (2006) that provides sample language for schools to use in developing their own local policy based on existing USDA guidance and Mississippi's Local School Wellness Policy Guide for Development.

The Department has also produced Healthy School Nutrition Environment - Establishing a Local School Wellness Policy, which not only provides background information on federal and state requirements but also the necessary components and steps necessary to create and implement a policy. Links to pertinent resources are also provided. A Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value Fact Sheet (2005) and Healthy Snack Choices (2005) document have been produced by the Department as well.

Other: None.

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School Meals Program
     Last Updated: 9/17/2013

Food Services: Statute 70-5-147 (2005) states that students in elementary schools shall not have access to foods of minimal nutritional value (FMNV) except on special occasions. Middle and junior high school students shall not have access to FMNV, with the exception of diet soda with less than 10 calories per bottle, except after school, at evening events, and on special occasions. Lastly, students in high school should be provided and have access to healthy food options in addition to FMNV. Districts should provide incentives and encourage healthy food choices for high school students. The Oklahoma State Department of Education Child Nutrition Program developed a FMNV Fact Sheet to help clarify the USDA definition of FMNV.

Adequate Time to Eat: 
No state policy.

School Breakfast: No state policy. 

Food Allergies: No state policy.

Farm-to-School: Statute 2-5-60.1 to 2-5-60.4 (2006) establishes the Oklahoma Farm to School Program within the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and requires the Department to employ a director to administer and monitor the program.  Support, in the form of staff, must be made available to the program from the Departments of Agriculture, Health, Education and Human Services.  The Director of the program is charged with establishing a partnership with public and nonprofit sources to implement a public engagement campaign, with conducting training, workshops and technical sessions to school food service directors and other leaders, and with encouraging school districts to develop and improve school nutrition plans using local grown farm-fresh products.  In addition, the Department of Agriculture must establish a Farm to School program website.

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Competitive Foods in School
     Last Updated: 10/21/2014

Statute 70-5-147 states that students in elementary schools may have access to diet soda with less than 10 calories per bottle, except after school, at evening events, and on special occasions.

 

Fundraising Exemptions:

Per a policy passed at the October 17, 2014 State Board of Education meeting (no link available), they will allow up to 30 exempted fundraisers per school, which can each last up to 14 days.

 

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Physical Activity Other Than Physical Education
     Last Updated: 12/22/2010

Physical Activity Requirement: 70-11-103.9 (2007) requires the Board of Education to strongly encourage school districts to incorporate physical activity into the school day by providing to students in full-day kindergarten and grades 1-5 at least a twenty-minute daily recess, in addition to the 60 minutes of required physical education. It also encourages districts to allow students brief physical activity breaks throughout the day, physical activity clubs, and special events.

Recess or Physical Activity Breaks
: 70-11-103.9 (2007) requires the Board of Education to strongly encourage school districts to incorporate physical activity into the school day by providing to students in full-day kindergarten and grades 1-5 at least a twenty-minute daily recess, in addition to the 60 minutes of required physical education. It also encourages districts to allow students brief physical activity breaks throughout the day, physical activity clubs, and special events.

Recess Before Lunch: No state policy.

Walking/Biking to School: No state policy.

Organized Sports
     Last Updated: 12/28/2010

Interscholastic Athletics: No state policy.

Concussion and Head Related Sports Injury: SB1700 (2010) requires each school district to work in cooperation with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to develop the guidelines, forms and other pertinent information to educate coaches, young athletes and their parents or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury, including continuing to play after an incident. Youth athletes and their parents must annually review and return information on concussion and head injury prior to their participation in practice or competition. The statute requires removal of a youth athlete with a suspected concussion from a practice or game. Once removed, they may not participate until they are evaluated and given clearance by a licensed health care provider trained in evaluation and management of concussion management. The health care provider may be a volunteer. A volunteer authorizing a young athlete to return to participation has immunity from liability for civil damages, other than acts or omissions constituting gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED): No state policy.
 

Safe and Drug-Free Schools
     Last Updated: 10/8/2008

Statute 70-24-100.3 (2002) established the goal of creating an environment free of unnecessary disruption, which is conducive to the learning process by implementing policies for the prevention of harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

Statute 70-24-100.6 (2007) allows students who have been vicitims of certain felony offenses by other students, as well as the siblings of the student victims, have the right to be kept separated from the student offender both at school and during school transportation.

Fighting/Gangs: The state does not have a policy specifically addressing fighting and gang activity by students in schools.  However, Statute 10-7302-7.1 (2004) provides programs for adjudicated delinquents and highest risk children and their families who live in at-risk neighborhoods and communities as well as aiding all communities in developing delinquency and gang intervention and prevention programs and activities.

Weapons: Statute 21-1280.1 (1999) states that it is unlawful for any person to possess a firearm or weapon on any public or private school property or while in any school bus or vehicle used by any school for transportation of students or teachers. Violation of this statute constitutes a felony punishable by a fine not to exceed $5,000 and imprisonment for up to two years. A person in violation of this statute who has a concealed handgun license will have their license permanently revoked and be fined $100.

Drugs and Alcohol: Statute 70-1210.229-2 (1992) encourages schools to implement drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs. Statute 70-1210.229-5 (1991) requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Education, and the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy Board to establish and annually review model drug and alcohol abuse policies, including disciplinary actions.

Collaboration with Law Enforcement: Statute 70-24-132.1 (2001) requires every school authority to immediately deliver any weapon or firearm, removed or otherwise seized from any minor, to a law enforcement authority for appropriate disposition.

Bullying, Harassment and Hazing
     Last Updated: 11/17/2008

Bullying/Harassment: Statute 70-24-100.4 (2008), the School Bullying Prevention Act, requires each district board to adopt a policy for the control and discipline of all children attending a public school. The policy must  specifically prohibit threatening behavior, harrassment , intimidation and bullying by students at school and via electronic communication. The policy must also establish a procedure for reporting and investigation and reporting of incidents, address prevention and education, and establish procedures for referral to mental health care options. The Act requires the district board policy to allow a school to request the disclosure of any information concerning students that have received mental health care following a school referral, if there is a specific threat to the safety of students and/or personnel.

Statute 70-24-100.5 (2002) requires each Safe School Committee to study and make recommendations to the principal regarding student bullying and harassment at school and the professional development needs of faculty and staff.

Cyberbullying: Statute  70-24-100.3 (2008) includes acts of electronic communications its list of potential acts of "harassment, intimidation and bullying" in the school environment." "Electronic communication" is defined as the communication of any written, verbal, or pictoral information by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, a cellular telephone or other wireless telecommunication device, or a computer. A specific electonic communication does not need to originate at a school or with school equipment to be included under this policy if it is specifically directed at students or school personnel and contains harassment, intimidation or bullying.

Hazing: Statute 21-1190 (1995) states that no student organization or any person associated with any organization sanctioned or authorized by the governing board of any public or private school or institution of higher education in Oklahoma shall engage or participate in hazing. Any organization convicted of hazing, a misdemeanor, can be fined up to $1,500 and shall forfeit for a period no less than one year their rights and privileges of being an organization organized or operating at the public or private school. Any individual convicted of hazing can be imprisoned for up to 90 days and/or fined up to $500. Oklahoma's definition of hazing is laid out in subsection F here within.

 

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Crisis Management/Emergency Response
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Response and Management Plans: Statute 63-681 (2003) requires each school and administration building to have written plans and procedures in place for protecting students, faculty, administrators, and visitors from natural and man-made disasters and emergencies. Each school district must annually report to the local school board or board of regents on the status of emergency preparedness and identify each school's safety needs.

Reporting Incidents of Violence: No state policy beyond federal Title IV requirements.

Tobacco Use
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Statute 63-1-1523 (2002) prohibits smoking and the use of any tobacco product in educational school buildings or on school grounds during the hours of 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, during the school session, or when class or any other program for students is in session. Educational facilities may, however, designate smoking areas outside of the buildings for adults during certain activities or functions.

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Air Quality
     Last Updated: 1/30/2006

No state policy.

Pesticide Use
     Last Updated: 1/30/2006

No state policy.

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Playground/Facility Safety
     Last Updated: 1/30/2006

No state policy.

Shared Use Agreements
     Last Updated: 6/20/2013

Code  5-130 authorizes a board of education to permit the use of any school property for community or other purposes of general public interest and may make a reasonable charge to cover the cost of the use of such property. Also, the state board of education must encourage each board of education to promote the use of the school property both before and after regular school hours.  S.B. 1882 (2012), exempts the state or a political subdivision from liability if a loss or claim results from use of school property and facilities made available for public recreation outside normal school hours, excepting claims resulting from willful and wanton acts of negligence.

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Student Services
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Screening for Health Conditions
     Last Updated: 7/1/2010

Vision and Hearing: §70-1210.284 (2006) requires the parent or guardian of each student enrolled in kindergarten in public school to prevent a certification to school personnel that the student passed a vision screening during the previous 12 months. Parents of students enrolled in first and third grade must present a certification to school personnel within 30 days of the beginning of the school year confirming that the student passed a vision screening during the previous 12 months. Students who do not pass a vision exam will receive a recommendation for a comprehensive eye examination. The opthamologist or optometrist shall forward a written report of the comprehensive eye exam to the school, parent or guardian and health care provider.

Chronic Health Conditions: No state policy.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening: No state policy.

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Administration of Medications
     Last Updated: 9/17/2013

Staff Administration: Statute 70-1-116.2 (1982) allows a school nurse, a nurse employed by a county health department contracted to the school district for medical services, an administrator, or school employee in the absence of a nurse, to administer nonprescription and prescription medications. A designated school employee shall not be liable to the student or a parent or guardian of the student for civil damages for any personal damages resulting from the administration of medication.

Staff Administration of Diabetes Medication: Statute 70-1210.196.1 to 70-1210.196.8 (2007) mandates the development of a diabetes medical management plan for each student who will seek care for diabetes while at school or while participating in a school activity. The school nurse or—if a school does not have a school nurse—other school employees may serve as volunteer diabetes care assistants to assist the student with the management of their diabetes care. The statute requires the State Department of Health to develop guidelines for the training of school volunteer diabetes care assistants. Training should include recognition of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, proper glucose target ranges, performance of finger sticks and checking of urine ketone levels, administration of insulin and glucagon, and recommended food intake schedules. School employees are provided immunity from civil liability for actions taken in compliance with the statute.

Self-Administration of Asthma Medication: Statute 70-1-116.3 (2003) requires each school district to adopt a policy permitting self-administration of inhaled asthma medication by a student. The statute requires the authorization of a parent or guardian, a written statement from a physician stating that the student is capable of self-administering the medication, written notification to the parent or guardian that school employees are exempt from liability as a result of any injury from self-administration, and a signed statement by the parent or guardian acknowledging that the school will incur no liability. A student who is permitted to self-administer asthma medication pursuant to this section must be allowed to possess and use a prescribed inhaler at all times.

Self-Administration of Anaphylaxis Medication: Statute 70-1-116.3  (2003) requires each school district to adopt a policy permitting self-administration of anaphylaxis medication by a student. The statute requires the authorization of a parent or guardian, a written statement from a physician stating that the student is capable of self-administering the medication, written notification to the parent or guardian that school employees are exempt from liability as a result of any injury from self-administration, and a signed statement by the parent or guardian acknowledging that the school will incur no liability.  A student who is permitted to self-administer anaphylaxis medication pursuant to this section shall be permitted to possess and use an anaphylaxis medication, including but not limited to an Epinephrine injector, at all times.

HB 1309 (2007) permits a student to attend to the management and care of their diabetes needs.  This includes performing blood glucose level checks, administration of insulin, treating hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, and possessing necessary supplies and equipment in any area of the school, school grounds or at a school-related activity. It also requires schools to provide a private area where the student may attend to diabetes-related needs.

Psychotropic Medications: No specific state policy.

Storage and Record-keeping: Statute 70-1-116.2 requires schools to keep a record of which student the medicine was administered to, the date of administration, the name of the person administering the medicine, and the type or name of medicine administered. The statute requires that medicine be properly stored and only accessible to the designated officials who are permitted to administer it.

 

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Counseling and Mental Health Services
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Requirement to Provide Services: Statute 70-24-100.1 (2000) recommends preventative services be provided through greater access to mental health counseling and social services for students. Contracting with non-profits, seeking alternative funding, and encouraging state board of education to allow the use of licensed professional counselor and social workers are suggested.

Identification of Students with Mental or Emotional Disorders: Statute 43A-12-104 (2004) establishes the Youth Suicide Prevention Council whose task, in part, is to provide technical assistance to schools for identifying at-risk students.

Substance Abuse: Statute 70-1210.229-5 (1991) requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Department of Education, and the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy Board to establish and annually review model drug and alcohol abuse policies, including referral services. They are also to develop and implement strategies to encourage schools to employ guidance counselors trained in substance abuse prevention and life skills.

Suicide Prevention: Statute 43A-12-102 (2001) outlines the goal of the Youth Suicide Prevention Act to reduce the number of attempted suicides and suicides in the state by improving methods of identifying children, youth, and young adults who are at risk, improving awareness of and access to mental health services, and coordinating and developing community resources to prevent attempted suicides and suicides among children, youth, and young adult. Statute 43A-12-104 establishes the Youth Suicide Prevention Council whose task is to assist in the development and coordination of local resources to address the issue of youth suicide. It is also to provide technical assistance to schools for identifying at-risk students, identify and promote strategies for prevention, and promote public awareness of the problem.

HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Testing and Counseling: There are no state requirements or prohibitions as to voluntary HIV, STD, or pregnancy testing or counseling services to students. State law does not prohibit teachers or counselors from discussing any topics with students.

Immunity of Liability: No state policy.

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Immunization
     Last Updated: 5/18/2011

Detailed, current information about immunization requirements by state is maintained by the National Network for Immunization Information.  Select your state from the drop down box under Search for State Vaccine Requirements for School Entry."

Exemptions: Oklahoma Statute 70.1210.192 (1998) allows for exemption from immunization requirements under the following circumstances: (1) Submission of a certificate from a licensed physician stating that the physical condition of the child is such that immunization would endanger the life or health of the child, or (2) Submission of a written statement by the parent, guardian or legal custodian of the child objecting to immunization of the child.

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Accommodation
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Staff with HIV
     Last Updated: 1/30/2006

No state policy.

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Students with HIV
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Statute 63-1-502.2 (1992) specifies that the State Department of Health may convene a confidential meeting of a multidisciplinary team to make a recommendation on the school placement of an HIV-positive student.

Pregnant or Parenting Students
     Last Updated: 1/30/2006

No state policy.

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Individual Health Plan for Students
     Last Updated: 4/24/2008

HB 1309 (2007) mandates the development of a diabetes medical management plan for each student who will seek care for diabetes while at school or while participating in a school activity.

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Coordination/ Implementation
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Coordinating or Advisory Councils
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

State Level: Statute 63-1-559.1 (2003) establishes the Task Force on the Promotion of Children's Health consisting of 25 members whose purpose is to formulate recommendations related to children's health for the state.

Statute 43A-12-104 (2004) establishes the 21-member Youth Suicide Prevention Council. The Council is to collaborate with community partnership boards to develop and coordinate local resources to address youth suicide; provide technical assistance to schools and communities for identification and treatment of children, youth, and young adults in risk of committing suicide; identify and promote strategies to prevent youth suicide; and promote public awareness of the problems of youth suicide and the efforts being made to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with suicide.

Local Level: Statute 70-24-100a (2005) requires each public school to establish a Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee comprised of at least 6 members. This Committee is to study and make recommendations to the school principal regarding health education, physical education and physical activity, and nutrition and health services. It also requires the State Board of Education to authorize the regional accreditation officers to report a school as deficient for noncompliance of the Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee guidelines.

Statute 70-24-100.5 (2002) establishes Safe School Committees in every public school site. The committee's purpose is to study and make recommendations to the principal regarding unsafe conditions, possible strategies for students to avoid harm at school, student victimization, crime prevention, school violence, and other issues which prohibit the maintenance of a safe school.

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School Health Program Coordinators
     Last Updated: 8/18/2008

State Level: No requirement, but the State Education Agency provides a Director and a Coordinator for School Health to serve the local districts.

Local level: No state policy.

Confidentiality
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Student Health-Related Records: Statute 63-1-502.2 (2004) requires all information and records held by a health professional identifying a person as having or potentially having a communicable or venereal disease to remain confidential, except in circumstances specifically stated in the statute. Statute 51-24A.16 (2003) states public educational institutes may keep confidential individual student records and personal communications concerning individual students.

Student Health-Related Services: Statute 70-6-115 (2003) states it is unlawful for any teacher to reveal any information concerning a student obtained by the teacher in their capacity as a teacher except as may be required in the performance of the contractual duties of the teacher or as otherwise required by law. The information may be provided to the parent or guardian of the student upon request or as otherwise required by law. Any violation of this law is considered a misdemeanor. Statute 51-24A.16 states public educational institutes may keep confidential individual student records and personal communications concerning individual students.

Limitations on Student Surveys
     Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Statute 70-11-105.1 (1995) requires each school district superintendent provide prior written notification to parents of their right to inspect survey instruments and questionnaires, and to allow parents to request that their child not participate in the class, program, test, survey or questionnaire.

Statute 70-1210.511 (1989) says that Tests administered pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma School Testing Program Actshall not include the use of projective psychological, personality, or adjustment tests for the purpose of collecting information relative to the personality, environment, home life, parental or family relationships, economic status, religious beliefs, patriotism, sexual behavior or attitudes, or sociological problems of a student."

Statute 70-11-107 (1981) requires prior written consent of a parent or guardian for student to submit to psychiatric or psychological examination, testing or treatment." Nor may any teacher or staff personnel without such consent elicit by written survey or written examination from any student information of a personal or private nature concerning any of the following areas:  1. Religious beliefs;  2. Mental or psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student or his family;  3. Sexual behavior and attitudes;  4. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom the student has a close family relationship;  5. Legally recognized privileged communication.

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