Injury Prevention in Schools

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Injuries can occur in a number of ways during the school day. Children and youth can get injured on the playground, while playing sports, while participating in extracurricular and intramural activities, during physical education class, and even during general daily activities.

To access the minimum requirements for risk management practices for physical activities in the education sector, visit Ophea’s Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines (soon to be the Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education (OPASSE)). Here, you will find safety guidelines specific to extracurricular, curricular and intramural activities, categorized by either the elementary or the secondary school level.

Health Unit Injury Prevention Resources to Borrow: The Health Unit lends out concussion goggles and a brain mold kit. 

Concussions

A concussion can have major effects on child and youth health and well-being, as well as on their cognitive, physical, emotional and social abilities. Children and youth are at higher risk of experiencing a concussion. This risk is highest when playing activities where there may be collisions, such as during school activities, time spent on the playground, or during school excursions.

Concussion links and resources for schools and school boards:

Please find here the Ministry of Education’s PPM 158 School Board Policies on Concussion for school boards, school authorities and provincial and demonstration schools. PPM 158 is being updated by the Ministry to align with Rowan’s Law. Until PPM 158 is re-released, schools and school boards are encouraged to follow their existing concussion policy.

Rowan’s Law is a concussion safety legislation aimed at protecting athletes by improving concussion safety and protocol, both on the field and at school. Rowan’s Law Day (last Wednesday of September) has been in effect since 2018. Rowan’s Law regulations have been in effect since July 1, 2019. In 2019, awareness resources and codes of conduct will be available for athletes, parents/guardians and coaches. In 2020, removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols will be released and will be aligned with Rowan’s Law. Please see the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Concussion Portal for Rowan’s Law information and this link for school-specific Rowan’s Law information.

The Ministry of Education Healthy Schools Concussion Portal provides information and resources for parents, educations, students and coaches pertaining to concussion prevention, identification and management.

Parachute Canada - Concussions: This link provides you with resources and information on concussions, as well as concussion protocols for schools and health professionals, concussion guidelines, return-to-school and -sport strategies, and a link to the Concussion ED app that allows you to increase your general knowledge on concussions. All resources and information are available in both French and English. 

For up-to-date information on concussion protocols and implementation tools, visit http://safety.ophea.net/concussions.

Cycling Safety

See the Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclist Guide for general cycling safety, rules of the road, hand signals, helmet and parent information. Also available in French.

Parachute Canada - Safe Cycling: This link provides you with resources and additional information regarding safe cycling, as well as a Public Service Announcement video about bike safety (available in multiple languages). Parachute also answers Frequently Asked Questions in regards to safe cycling and helmets

Helmet Safety

Visit Parachute’s helmet section for activity-specific helmet information.   

Ottawa Public Health has created a helpful table on recommended helmets for different activities. 

Road Safety

Ontario Road Safety: This link allows you to explore grade-specific teaching materials, resources and lessons plans pertaining to road safety. Also available in French.

Here is info on Take Back Our Roads, an initiative aimed at making roads and school safety zones safer.

Find out more on how to get kids walking, cycling and rolling to school. To initiate active school travel at your school, visit this link for School Travel Planning and this link for the School Travel Planning Toolkit. Please click here for more active school travel information (LINK to Josée’s PA page and back to me).

As part of their Share the Road campaign, Algoma Public Health has created a video that highlights the one-metre rule for cyclists. Click here to watch the full two-minute video and here to watch the 30-second video.

Sun safety

Children and youth spend a lot of their time at school. Ensure that their school time spent outside is done in a sun-safe way. Consider the shade opportunities that exist in your schoolyard, like planting trees or adding additional shade structures. Promote a sunscreen-positive culture at your school. 

Canadian Cancer Society SunSense Certification: The SunSense Certification recognizes schools that have created a sun-safe and sun-smart environment to protect their students and staff from the harmful effects of the sun! If your school has undertaken sun-safe initiatives, register for your certification for the upcoming school year! This website and information are also available in French. 

Check out Canadian Cancer Society and Evergreen Foundation’s Sun Safety Policy Guidelines for Schools. This document is also available in French.

 

 

 

 

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