State law requires that each school district adopt a local wellness policy.
Local School Wellness Policy: Guide for Development
This document provides guidance for schools in their development of local wellness policies to meet state and federal requirements.
Mississippi Code 37-11-71 Mississippi Asthma and Anaphylaxis Child Safety Act; legislative findings and declarations; self-administration of asthma and anaphylaxis medication; policy regarding administration of auto-injectable epinephrine by authorize
(5) A student with asthma and/or anaphylaxis is entitled to possess and self-administer prescription asthma and/or anaphylaxis medication while on school property, on school-provided transportation, or at a school-related event or activity if:
- (a) The prescription asthma and/or anaphylaxis medication has been prescribed for that student as indicated by the prescription label on the medication;
- (b) The self-administration is done in compliance with the prescription or written instructions from the student's physician or other licensed health care provider; and
- (c) A parent of the student provides to the school:
- (i) Written authorization, signed by the parent, for the student to self-administer prescription asthma and/or anaphylaxis medication while on school property or at a school-related event or activity;
- (ii) A written statement, signed by the parent, in which the parent releases the school district and its employees and agents from liability for an injury arising from the student's self-administration of prescription asthma and/or anaphylaxis medication while on school property or at a school-related event or activity unless in cases of wanton or willful misconduct;
- (iii) A written statement from the student's physician or other licensed health care provider, signed by the physician or provider, that states:
- That the student has asthma and/or anaphylaxis and is capable of self-administering the prescription asthma and/or anaphylaxis medication;
- The name and purpose of the medication;
- The prescribed dosage for the medication;
- The times at which or circumstances under which the medication may be administered; and
- The period for which the medication is prescribed.
Mississippi Code 37-13-134. Legislative recommendations and intent; guidelines; physical activity coordinator; qualifications; duties; study
(1) The Legislature recognizes that there is a problem with Mississippi student inactivity and obesity, and therefore requires the following guidelines for school district physical education, health education and physical activity and fitness classes:
- (a) Kindergarten through Grade 8: One hundred fifty (150) minutes per week of physical activity-based instruction and forty-five (45) minutes per week of health education instruction, as defined by the State Board of Education.