Physical Education and Health


Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns.

Diabetes Management in Schools Training

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.

Flyer (pdf) | Online Registration


Vision Screening

"Vision Screening" means the process or system used to identify children who may be at risk of having or developing visual problems that may adversely affect their ability to acquire knowledge, skill, or learning, for the purpose of recommending further evaluation by an eye care professional. 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 School District Reporting Site. This report is due annually by June 1.

State Board of Education Vision Screening Report Results

For information on vision screening, please visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health's School Vision Screening Web site.


Physical Education and Health Legislation

H.B. 1051 – Diabetes Management in Schools Act
H.B. 2239 – Self-Administration of Anaphylaxis Medication
S.B. 312 – Physical Education
S.B. 519 – Physical Fitness Assessment Program and Pilots
S.B. 923 – Automated External Defibrillators
S.B. 1186 – Additional 60 Minutes of Physical Activity Requirement
S.B. 1459 - Healthy and Fit School Advisory Committee
S.B. 1627 - The Healthy and Fit Kids Act
S.B. 1700 – Sports Related Injuries
S.B. 1876 – Physical Education

For the full bill and overview of each legislation, please visit the Physical Education and Health Legislation page. 

Physical Education and Health Legislation


Oklahoma Academic Standards

The Oklahoma Academic Standards for Health and Safety represent standards that describe what students should know concerning health and safety. The standards are categorized under the following: Health and Safety Literacy, Responsible Health and Safety Behavior, and Health and Safety Advocacy.

Health, Safety, and Physical Education (pdf)


Physical Education Resources

The Web site below contains health and physical education resources for teachers, parents, and students. This site provides the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children and youth. 

Physical Education Resources


Health Resources

The Web site below contains health resources providing information on health-related topics your school can use to help keep students health.

Health Resources


Documents
 

10 Things To Do To Prevention Infectious Diseases by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

10 Things
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Prevent Infectious Diseases Daily with Healthy Behaviors.

Healthy Behaviors
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Oklahoma State Department of Health Standards for School Health.

Standards
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Reference Table for Head Lice Treatment from the Therapeutic Research Center.

Head Lice Treatment 
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Sample parent letters by the Oklahoma State Department of Health for lice screening and infested child or classroom.

Sample Letters
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Public Health Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of Head Lice Infestation in Schools and Child Care Settings by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Prevention and Control of Head Lice
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Influenza Prevention and Control Recommendations for Schools by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Prevention and Control of Influenza
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School Guide: How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Help Slow the Spread of Flu by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Clean and Disinfect Schools
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Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education.

Managing Asthma
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Weather Guidelines for Children.

Weather Guidelines
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Contact

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.

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The Child and Adolescent Health Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Health may also be able to assist you with your health questions.

Last updated on August 8, 2013