HEALTH

"Health is Wealth"

1) What are the insurance plans available for OSU students?

A student health insurance plan is available to eligible students attending OSU Stillwater campus.
You may find further information through

http://uhs.okstate.edu/student-health-insurance-plan

In addition, there are numerous insurance plans available for students. Please visit

http://uhs.okstate.edu/insurance-services

for further information.

2) What should I do if I or one of my family member gets sick?

There are multiple options available for seeking a doctor in Stillwater.

  • In case of an emergency call 9-1-1. This will connect you with - police, emergency medical and fire personnel. This number should only be used in emergency situations. In some areas around campus you will see brown columns with blue lights on the top of them, these are emergency phones. You can contact emergency personnel using those phones at times you do not have access to your phone. If you or the person who is sick are physically capable of going to see a doctor, you may go to the Stillwater Medical Center’s Emergency Department which is open 24/7. If you have a question about your health and aren’t sure if it’s emergency or not, please call the Stillwater Medical Center complimentary nurse advice line at (800) 707-0224.
  • If you are an OSU student you can get medical attention from OSU University Health Services. University Health Services is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. You may get further information through

http://uhs.okstate.edu/

  • As you seek out a doctor for your child it is important to consider the type of care needed, your health insurance coverage and any other preferences. Contact the clinic or doctors office by phone to see whether they are accepting new clients. Also ask them whether they accept the type of health insurance you have for your child. This website provides a physician directory showing the specialties of the different doctors affiliated with Stillwater Medical Center. A number of pediatricians are housed in the Stillwater Medical Physicians Clinic at
    1815 W. 6th Ave, Stillwater, OK 74074. Phone - (405) 743-7300

The clinic provides regular doctors appointments, walk-in clinics in the evenings and weekends and immunizations. To find other pediatricians use your preferred search engine to search for pediatricians in Stillwater.

  • There are some urgent care centers in Stillwater. These centers are especially useful in the evenings, weekends or on holidays when doctor’s offices are closed. As with other providers it is important for you to consider your health insurance coverage. You can find phone numbers online and call or go in to the centers as needed.
    AMC Urgent Care, 1909 W. 6th Street, Ste B, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074.

EDUCATION

1) What materials should I need to take with me to enroll my children for a day care or school?

To enroll your child, you need to take the following information to the school your child will attend:
· Child’s birth certificate or passport and visa
· Child’s immunization records (If your immunization records are not in English you can go to the Payne County Health Department to have them translated and certified.)
· Proof of Stillwater residence (FGSH residents can request a statement of residence from the Residential Life office at Iba Hall during office hours.)
· You will also need to complete an enrollment packet. You can request one from the school or download and print one from the following website http://www.stillwaterschools.com/District/Enrollment/NewtoSPS.

2) What options do I have to enroll my children (0 to 6 years old) for a day care?

There are many childcare options for children in Stillwater. Following is a list of some of them. Use your internet search engine to find other options. Call the organization to find out how much they will charge for your child. Some businesses provided rates based on income. You should feel free to go to the center any time to observe the level of care your child is receiving.

  • Child Development Lab

Location: on the OSU campus (in 110 Human Sciences West)
Ages Served: 1-4 years
Hours Open: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Phone Number: (405) 744-5730
Website: http://humansciences.okstate.edu/hdfs/cdl/

  • Early Head Start

Location: 1202 S. West St.
Ages Served: 0-3 years
Hours Open: 7:00am - 5:30pm
Phone Number: (405) 377-1519
Website: http://www.ucapinc.org/Contact_Information.html#Stillwater

  • YMCA

Location: 204 S Duck St.
Ages Served: 5-12 years
Hours Open: 6:00am – 9:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 372-5833
Website: http://stillwaterymca.org/

  • Head Start

Location: 1601 S. Main St.
Ages Served: 3-4 years
Hours Open: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Phone Number: (405) 385-0188
Website: http://www.ucapinc.org/Contact_Information.html#Stillwater

  • Super Kids Learning Center

Location: 706 N. Jardot St.
Ages Served: 0-12 years
Hours Open: 6:30am - 6:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 372-2800
Website:
www.superkidscenter.com

  • Renaissance School (2 locations)

Location: 315 W. Richmond Rd.; 2100 S. Sangre Rd.
Ages Served: 0-4 years (all day); 0-12 years (before and after school)
Hours Open: 5:45am - 6:00pm; 6:30am - 6:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 743-0303; (405) 533-3030
Website:
www.renkids.com/

  • Kids Under Construction

Location: 811 E. Virginia Ave.
Ages Served: 2+ years
Hours Open: 6:45am - 6:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 624-9602
Website: N/A

  • Presbyterian Preschool

Location: 524 S. Duncan St.
Ages Served: 1-6 years
Hours Open: 7:45am - 1:00pm (all ages); 7:45am - 3:00pm (ages 3+)
Phone Number: (405) 372-5476
Website: http://stillwaterfpc.org/grow/preschool

  • Oak Tree Children’s Academy

Location: 1314 S. Western Rd.
Ages Served: 6 wks. - 4 years
Hours Open: 6:00am - 6:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 564-5793
Website: http://oaktree.mywatchmegrowvideo.com/

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

Location: 1513 Sangre Rd.
Ages Served:
Hours Open:
Phone Number: (918) 576-6400
Website: http://www.bbbsok.org

  • Afterschool Programs

Sometimes parents need afterschool care for children between 3:00pm and 5:00pm during the week. The Family Resource Center provides afterschool programs for children ages 4-11 who reside in FGSH on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact frcyouthandfamily@okstate.edu for enrollment information.
The YMCA provides afterschool care at the school sites. Contact YMCA for more information.

3) What school should I enroll for my children who are from 4-11 years old?

There are 6 elementary schools in Stillwater, serving children ages 4-11. Each class is referred to as a grade. Children will be enrolled in either Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade or 5th grade.
Generally, where you live in Stillwater will determine which elementary school your child will attend. Children who live in the following FGSH neighborhoods will attend Will Rogers Elementary School : West, Stevens, Prosser, Demaree and Williams. Children who live in the Brumley neighborhood will attend WestWood Elementary School

4) What school should I enroll for my children who are from 12-18 years old?

There are a number of secondary schools in Stillwater. Stillwater Middle School serves children in 6th and 7th grade,approximately 12-13 years old. Stillwater Junior High School is for children in 8th and 9th grade, approximately 14-15 years old. Stillwater High School is for children in 10th -12th- grade, approximately 16-18 years old.

  • To enroll your child in Middle School go directly to the middle school.
  • To enroll your child in Junior High, call 405-533-6420 to schedule an appointment with a Junior High Counselor.
  • To enroll your child in High School go to the school and set up a time to meet with a High School Counselor.

5) Where can I take my children for tutoring if they have difficulty in reading and math?

OSU provides math and reading tutoring for children who are in Grade 1 to 8 .It is low cost and high quality tutoring. For more information, please visit the following website: https://education.okstate.edu/rmc

6) What options do I have if me or any of my family member wants to improve English as second language?

  • Classes offered by the FRC.
  • Stillwater public library: Individual tutoring is offered for free: call the council at 372-2144 or email stillwaterliteracycouncil@gmail.com.
  • Hands abroad program at University Height Baptist Church (English classes and other fun activities) only available in Fall and Spring semesters. There is a pick up available at FRC laundry every Tuesday and Thursday.

LIVING IN FGSH

What’s the procedure of checking-in?

You will be notified via an email or a letter from the Department of Housing and Residential Life about the day you are allowed to check-in to your new apartment. You must visit the FRC on or after the specified date and collect your door key. You must be the primary and be able to provide valid identification in order to obtain your door key. With your first door key you will receive a Check-In/Check-Out Inspection form to report the existing damages of the apartment. You need to fill and return to the FRC Front Desk within 7 working days and receive the second door key and two keys for the mail box. Once you return the Check-In/Check-Out Inspection form to the FRC front desk, the Apartment Assistant who is in charge of your neighborhood will visit you and address to your issues. If you have more questions about living in the FGSH you may talk to your Apartment Assistant.

What’s the procedure of checking-out?

Once you have been given the notice to vacate by the Housing and Residential Life Office in Iba Hall, you must schedule a check out inspection with the FRC. You are strongly encouraged to be present at the checkout inspection. You can make appointment only at http://www.reslife.okstate.edu/fgsh/

If you would like to be present at the checkout inspection, you must schedule the inspection at least two business days before the day in which you would like the inspection to occur. If you do not want to be present for the check-out inspection, you must turn in your keys at the FRC on the day you leave. By choosing not to be present at the checkout inspection, you acknowledge that you accept all damage and cleaning charges assessed for the unit by the apartment inspector.

What is Summer Storage?

Summer Storage is a service provided to FGSH residents that allows residents to pay a reduced monthly rental rate from June 1 through August 14 of each year if a resident plan to be gone for at least six consecutive weeks during the summer. An individual must be the Primary of an apartment as of April 1 each year in order to put an apartment in Summer Storage. Further, if the Primary has not been a resident in the apartment since the first day of classes in January of the Spring Semester, he/she will not be allowed to put the apartment into Summer Storage that summer. First you (the primary) have to sign a Summer Storage Contract at the Iba office and schedule a Summer Storage Inspection via https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=1479260&typId=44750&step=2.

What should I do if I want to install or remove some furniture in my apartment?

You can call Residential Life Facilities Office, (405) 744-8510 to get furniture installed or get the installed furniture removed.

What should I do if I want to transfer the ownership from secondary to primary?

For any Primary lessee changes, the current Primary lessee and Secondary lessee must meet together with the designated FRC staff member at the FRC (You should go online to make appointment on this websitehttp://www.reslife.okstate.edu/fgsh/) and then come at the same time to the Housing and Residential Life Office in Iba Hall to sign the appropriate papers and pay the appropriate fees (if applicable). For primary changes between spouses, no meeting with the FGSH Housing Coordinator is necessary.

What should I do if I get locked out from my apartment?

If you are locked out of your apartment, you must go to the FRC front desk for assistance. The staff at the desk will issue you a spare key to your apartment. You MUST be prepared to verify your identification.

Fees: You must return the spare key within 24 hours’ time. If the key is not returned within 24 hours, it will be assumed that the original key has been lost. The Primary will be charged with a door lock change ($48 per door) on their bursar account.

Residents are not permitted to lend or give their apartment key(s) to anyone nor are they permitted to use the apartment key(s) of another student. To control inventory of the keys, duplication of University keys is prohibited.

What should I do if I have a maintenance issue with my unit?

If at any time a student has a maintenance issue with a room, bathroom, or common areas such as the breezeway, please call the Residential Life Facilities Office at
744-8510
from 8am-5pm Monday – Friday or at
744-7154
if the issue is emergency and occurs after office hours or on weekend/holiday. You also can contact your Apartment Assistant for help or any other questions.

How can I have access to FRC laundry and FRC computer lab?

If you live in Family & Graduate Student Housing, you can get access to FRC laundry and computer lab by visiting the FRC Front Desk. The University is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items. Please report any machine issues to the FRC Front Desk.

How can I obtain a parking permit for my vehicle?

Any motor vehicle parked on University property between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, must display a valid OSU paid parking permit. A parking permit can be purchased online at http://www.parking.okstate.edu .

How can I obtain a parking permit for my bicycle?

OSU Parking/Transit Services requires the registration of bicycles. The service is free and beneficial for your own protection in case of theft. Your bicycle may be kept in your room if you and your roommate agree. Bicycle racks are located at convenient locations around Housing and Residential Life grounds..

Can my spouse use the facilities offered by the FRC?

By visiting the FRC Front Desk Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 5.00 pm, you will be able to get a Pistol Pete Card for your spouse so that they will have access to the laundry facility and other facilities offered by the FRC such as, borrow DVDs, sewing machines and books.

What should I do in a situation of extreme weather conditions?

You are responsible for finding shelter in the event of a tornado or severe weather. Refer to http://safety.okstate.edu/severe-storms-and-tornadoes for more information about what you can do in the event of a tornado. Here is a list of locations you can go to for shelter if severe weather is underway http://safety.okstate.edu/severe-weather-refuge-locations.

How can I borrow the grills available in my neighborhood?

You can reserve the grills by visiting the FRC front desk with your Student ID (8.00 am – 12.00 am, Monday – Friday), (2.00 pm – 12.00 am during weekend).

What should I do in case of a fire in my apartment or other apartment?

You can call 9-1-1 immediately for assistant. After that you should call your Apartment Assistant.

Can I turn off the fire alarm if it goes on while I’m cooking inside my apartment?

The fire alarms are fixed inside your apartment to protect you and your family in case of a fire. Please do not cover it or remove the battery of the fire alarm at any situation. In violation of this rule, the primary will be charged $500 in to his/her bursar account. You will be able to avoid this issue by switching on the exhauster fan and open a window/door before you start cooking to increase the air circulation. You may clean your oven/stove often.

What should I do if I find cockroaches or mouse in my apartment?

You can call the Facilities Management on 744-8510 for pest control. You can avoid spreading cockroaches by cleaning the house often, by keeping the food containers sealed and removing the trash on a daily basis.

Can I have a pet in my apartment?

You are not allowed to have pets in any Housing & Residential Life facility except fish, small crustaceans, mollusks, water turtles, and small amphibians, all living under water and in aquariums no larger than 20 gallons in size. Extra aquariums are permitted provided the total gallon per resident does not exceed 20 gallons. Pets must remain in their aquariums at all times. Pets found to cause a community disturbance will require rectification or removal. Unapproved pets must be removed immediately and may be removed by University staff or other officials. Housing & Residential Life is not responsible for what happens to any pet when it is removed or while it is living on OSU property.

However, service animals are welcome on Housing & Residential Life grounds. All necessary paperwork, evaluation, and authorization from Student Disability Services (http://sds.okstate.edu/) must be completed prior to the animal’s arrival in the residence halls. Unapproved pets are not allowed in any Housing & Residential Life facility due to concerns for health, safety, sanitation, noise, and humane treatment. Violation of this rule will cause you a penalty of $200.

What appliances are prohibited in keeping in the apartment?

Open fire or open-coil cooking appliances, such as, electric griddles, and George Foreman Grills. Also prohibited are portable heaters, air conditioners, large amplifiers (public address system, oversize stereo, and musical instrument), wireless routers, and halogen lamps. Students may have one microwave oven in any residence hall room. Microwaves must be rated 900 watts or less at the highest setting. Cooking appliances may only be operated in kitchen areas. Any electrical extension cord that is used must be 14 gauge or heavier. Do not nail extension cords to walls, place them under rugs or beds, string them on pipes, etc.

Can I keep candles & Incense sticks in my unit?

Burning candles and incense, as well as kerosene lamps and other flammable liquid fueled devices, are prohibited in all University owned housing. Decorative candles must have non-burned, clipped wicks, or be wickless. The number one cause of residence hall and apartment fires is open flames. Incense, as well as being a fire hazard, can be an eye and respiratory irritant. To ensure the safety and comfort of our community, Housing and Residential Life prohibits these items.

What should I do if my neighbor is too noisy?

Courtesy Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During courtesy hours a resident may ask another resident to reduce the noise. Quiet Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10pm - 8am and Friday and Saturday, 11:59pm - 10am. The Sunday before finals week, Housing & Residential Life adheres to 24 hour quiet hours for the benefit of those studying for final exams. During Quiet Hours, audible sound should not be heard beyond the boundaries of the resident’s apartment. The 24-hour quiet hour period ends on Friday of finals week at 5pm. Residents are expected to be courteous to others in their community at all times. Compliance is necessary to ensure an environment for academic success.

We encourage you to talk to your neighbor about the noise concern. If the problem is not solved, you should call your Apartment Assistant for help.

How can I contribute to the efforts OSU is making to create a better environment?

In a combined effort with OSU, Housing and Residential Life supports sustainable efforts to reduce waste, recycle materials, and reuse resources. Recycle bins in lounges and at reception desks accept paper, cardboard, rinsed plastic containers, tin and aluminum cans that are generated in those common areas. Take recyclables generated in your personal space to a blue single stream recycle dumpster downstairs.

If I do not have a vehicle on my own, what are the options do I have to shop for groceries?

•FRC provides free shopping shuttle for all students who live in Graduate student housing.
•You can take the bus in case you miss the shopping shuttle operated by the FRC to go to grocery stores or to travel around Stillwater. Please visit
https://parking.okstate.edu/sites/default/files/27477%20Route%20Map.pdf
to download the printable map.
•The live map is available on
http://thebus.okstate.edu/
you may also download the app on your smart phone.
•Please see the schedule below for the shopping shuttle operated by the FRC.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Social Services are public agencies that help and support people by being able to provide assistance with things such as food, clothing, and health.
A full list of services and where to get help can be found at http://stillwater.findservices.net/

1) Oklahoma Department of Human Services

DHS can help with many services from food assistance, child protection, disabilities, parent and adult aid as well.
711 E Krayler Ave
Stillwater, Ok 74075
(405) 707-3700
(405) 744-5975

http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices

2) Psychological Services

Psychological services aids in helping people gain support and skills to deal with everyday life, as well as bad situations. They help to reduce stress, better interact with other people, and understand what a person’s feelings about different things.

3) Psych Services Center

Oklahoma State University
118 N. Murray Hall
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-0250
(405) 744-5975
Hours: 8am – 5pm

4) Marriage and Family Therapy

Oklahoma State University
101 Human Sciences West
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078
(405) 744-5058

5) Payne County Counseling Services

801 S. Main St.
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74076
(405) 372 - 0198

SAFETY

To protect people, children and parents from violence and bad treatment of a person, Stillwater has different agencies to help with traumatic situations.
24 Hour Crisis Hotline (405) 624 – 3020

1) Domestic Violence

801 S. Main St.
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74076
(405) 372 - 0198

2) Wings of Hope Crisis Center

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3899 N. Washington Ave
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74075
(405) 372 -9922

3) Child Safety

The Saville Center.
1523 W. 9th Ave
Stillwater OK, 74074
(405) 377 - 5670

4) Stillwater Police

701 S Lewis St.
Stillwater Ok, 74074
(405) 472 – 4171

FOOD

When in need of nutrition and a free meal, here are places that can help.

1) Stillwater Public Schools Nutrition Assistance

Apply for Free/Reduced Price School Meals

Or phone Stillwater Public Schools Child Nutrition, 405-533-6445

2) Love Feast

2823 S. Husband
Stillwater, OK
(405) 372 -5854
Free meal served Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 6:00pm

3) Frist Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall

524 S. Duncan
Stillwater, Ok
(405) 372 – 5580
Free community brunch Saturdays at 11:00am –noon

4) First United Methodist Church Family Life Center

400 W. 7th Stillwater, Ok
(405) 372 – 5854

Free meal Thursday from 5:00pm – 6:30pm

CHILDCARE

There are many childcare options for children in Stillwater. Following is a list of some of them. Use your internet search engine to find other options. Call the organization to find out how much they will charge for your child. Some businesses provided rates based on income. You should feel free to go to the center any time to observe the level of care your child is receiving.

Child Development Lab

Location: on the OSU campus (in 110 Human Sciences West)
Ages Served: 1-4 years
Hours Open: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Phone Number: (405) 744-5730
Website: http://humansciences.okstate.edu/hdfs/cdl/

Early Head Start

Location: 1202 S. West St.
Ages Served: 0-3 years
Hours Open: 7:00am - 5:30pm
Phone Number: (405) 377-1519
Website: http://www.ucapinc.org/Contact_Information.html#Stillwater

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Location: 1513 Sangre Rd.
Ages Served:
Hours Open:
Phone Number: (918) 576-6400
Website: http://www.bbbsok.org

YMCA

Location: 204 S Duck St.
Ages Served: 5-12 years
Hours Open: 6:00am – 9:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 372-5833
Website: http://stillwaterymca.org/

Head Start

Location: 1601 S. Main St.
Ages Served: 3-4 years
Hours Open: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Phone Number: (405) 385-0188
Website: http://www.ucapinc.org/Contact_Information.html#Stillwater

Super Kids Learning Center

Location: 706 N. Jardot St.
Ages Served: 0-12 years
Hours Open: 6:30am - 6:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 372-2800
Website: www.superkidscenter.com

Renaissance School (2 locations)

Location: 315 W. Richmond Rd.; 2100 S. Sangre Rd.
Ages Served: 0-4 years (all day); 0-12 years (before and after school)
Hours Open: 5:45am - 6:00pm; 6:30am - 6:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 743-0303; (405) 533-3030
Website: www.renkids.com

Kids Under Construction

Location: 811 E. Virginia Ave.
Ages Served: 2+ years
Hours Open: 6:45am - 6:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 624-9602
Website: N/A

Presbyterian Preschool

Location: 524 S. Duncan St.
Ages Served: 1-6 years
Hours Open: 7:45am - 1:00pm (all ages); 7:45am - 3:00pm (ages 3+)
Phone Number: (405) 372-5476
Website: http://stillwaterfpc.org/grow/preschool

Oak Tree Children’s Academy88

Location: 1314 S. Western Rd.
Ages Served: 6 wks. - 4 years
Hours Open: 6:00am - 6:00pm
Phone Number: (405) 564-5793
Website: http://oaktree.mywatchmegrowvideo.com/

Afterschool Programs

Sometimes parents need afterschool care for children between 3:00pm and 5:00pm during the week. The Family Resource Center provides afterschool programs for children ages 4-11 who reside in FGSH on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact frcyouthandfamily@okstate.edu for enrollment information.

The YMCA provides afterschool care at the school sites. Contact YMCA for more information.

CHILD SAFETY

It is important to provide children with a safe and healthy environment. In Oklahoma, anyone who believes a child is being abused or neglected is legally responsible for reporting it. Reports can be made any time of the day or night as the hotline is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week by calling 1-800-522-3511.
Following are brief definitions and examples of child abuse and neglect. These definitions and examples are not exhaustive and are only meant to orient families to the topic broadly. Further questions about abuse and neglect can be directed to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (in Stillwater (405) 707-3700, online http://www.okdhs.org/library/news/mk/docs/comm07202011c.htm).

1) What is Child Abuse?

Child abuse is harm to a child by the person that is responsible for the child. This includes threats to harm and failure to prevent harm. Child abuse is not limited to physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

  • An example of physical abuse
    Mariam had just changed 18-month-old dirty diaper when he had another messy diaper; this made Mariam angry. She thought that putting him in hot water will punish him for the dirty diaper. When she put him in the tub, he cried loudly. Mariam slapped him to stop the crying and didn't notice the scald marks until after the bath was over.

  • An example of sexual abuse
    Nine-year-old Lee's mother works at night. Her stepfather is around when she goes to bed, so many evenings he lies down beside June. As she goes to sleep, he rubs her chest and private areas.

  • An example of emotional abuse
    Isaac is disappointed with his 11-year old son, “You're such a little coward,” he tells the crying child "It's the same every week. You always make your mother and me ashamed. Sometimes I can't believe you are really my son."

2) What is Child Neglect?

Neglect is a failure to provide for a child’s basic needs. This includes but is not limited to not meeting a child’s needs for food, clothing, shelter or safety, leaving a child in an unsafe area, and not providing a child necessary medical attention.

  • An example of neglect
    Joseph worked late nights in the lab, and the family needed more money. Amani looked for work, but the only job she could find required her to leave home at 9:30 pm. The children, ages two and six, were alone for a few hours until Joseph got home around midnight or 1:00 am.

Parents sometimes ask how old a child should be to be left home alone. Following is the response OKDHS provides to that question:
There is no law or policy in Oklahoma for how old a child has to be in order to be left alone.

Here are the recommended guidelines for parents:

  • Infants and children under 6 years of age should never be left alone without adult supervision.
  • Generally, grade school children who demonstrate the ability to be responsible and mature may be left alone one or two hours during the day with access to a responsible adult.
  • Grade school children should never be left to care for younger children.
  • Middle school children who demonstrate the ability to care for themselves without help may be left alone for up to four hours during the day and evening.
  • Middle school children may care for one or two younger children if there is constant access to a responsible adult.

    3) What are the signs of Child Abuse and Neglect?

The effects of child abuse and neglect can last a lifetime. They can affect how children grow, how they do in school, in relationships and in the things they do.

  • Possible signs of abuse and neglect
    Bruises, cuts, burns, broken bones, constant hunger or thirst, lack of interest, more knowledge about sex than is normal for the child’s age, sudden changes in behavior, etc.

It is important to note that children do not always present the same behaviors or symptoms as a result of abuse or neglect. In addition, some of these behaviors and symptoms could occur due to reasons other than abuse and neglect. For more information about signs please refer to “Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms” a fact sheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway (https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/signs.cfm)

4) What should I do if I feel like a child is being abused or neglected?

According to Oklahoma law, everyone who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect must report it. To report call the OKDHS Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-522-3511.