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November 1, 2012

Law allows schools to open up playgrounds

NORMAN — Sometimes, it’s the little things that can add up to a big difference in a community’s health and fitness level. Things like more sidewalks and bicycle paths. Snack food and sodas removed from school vending machines.

Today, Senate Bill 1882 takes effect. It allows school districts to open indoor and outdoor facilities to community groups or individuals for physical fitness without imposing legal liability on them.

The legislation, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin in April, was part of her state of the state address in January. Gov. Fallin noted many school districts were hesitant to open up school property after hours. The legislation clarifies liability laws and concerns and makes it easier for schools to open the gates.

According to the governor, the legislation also will assist schools who choose to open up their facilities to the public in becoming Certified Healthy Schools, as well as provide an increased opportunity to receive funding through the Certified Healthy School Rewards program.

Sen. Greg Treat and Representative Fred Jordan authored SB 1882.

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