As of this writing, there is an active piece of legislation—Senate Bill 95—that if passed, will give schools the authority to administer opiate antagonists to individuals believed to have overdosed on opiates. The law currently in place—63O.S. 1-2506.1—part of the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Development Act, allows first responders, including “medical personnel” at secondary schools and institutions of higher education, to administer the drug without a prescription“ when encountering an individual exhibiting signs of an opiate overdose."
Proposed amendments to the statute include changing the language to “schools including any public or charter schools, technology center schools and institutions of higher education." The bill would also expand the definition of "medical personnel at schools" to mean "a certified school nurse or any other nurse employed by or under contract with a school, any licensed practitioner of the healing arts or any person designated by the school administration to administer an opiate antagonist in the event of a suspected overdose pursuant to Section 2 of this act."
Summer break! I hope all of you out there are enjoying some well-deserved time off/down time. Here at OPSRC, we know how hard you work for your students.
A U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has granted a request for a preliminary injunction barring the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing the new overtime rule that takes effect on December 1, which would increase the salary threshold for exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,892.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
Hard to believe it is already that wonderful time of the year again! But for many, this is also the time of looking ahead to next year: planning the calendar and ensuring what new ideas you implemented this year are in place as part of next year's normal routine.