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Christina L.

Rabenschlag
KIN 4203
April 3rd 2016
Discussion #5- Safety Guidelines
Intent of Safety Guidelines:
The intent of the safety guidelines is to explain the primary responsibility of the care and
safety of the students and staff. It is to acknowledge that there are risks to every sport/athletic/or
physical education assignment and lesson and that actions are to be taken accordingly. These
guidelines are based on up-to-date information, observation, and proactive action. These
guidelines are intended to implement safe instructional practices and through the use of logic,
reasoning, inclusion and age-appropriate activity.
Risk Management:
- Insuring that the activity and age and developmentally appropriate.
- The teacher/instructor has knowledge in first aid and guidelines in order to teach
physical activity appropriately.
- All activities, included in the curriculum or not, must be addressed, approved and
have its risks identified.
Generic Issues:
- At the beginning of the year, the teacher must be notified and made aware of any
health or medical conditions that may cause limitations on the student. This includes,
but is not limited to: asthma, seizures, diabetes, allergies, heart disorders, physical
disorders, psychiatric disorders, etc.
- All students with any medical condition will be placed with an emergency action plan
that it though through and addressed by the parents, staff and school nurse.
- For transportation- parents will be made aware of any transportation plan and/or
student expectations for transportation. Contact will remain at all times between the
parent and principals and signed paperwork will be returned to the school will
information regarding the activity, location, etc.
- For weather advisories, such as the sun, heat, cold, insects, etc. will be brought to the
parents attention.
- A first aid kit must remain on site at all times and during any function.
- Any and all activities on campus will require communication via hand-held radio, etc.
- Emergency action plans for accidents will be developed and used whenever needed.
Specific Issues:
- In the result of a concussion: (1) The student will be immediately removed from the
activity. (2) Once concussion is suspected by either the nurse or staff, the student
must be closely monitored at all times. (3) In the event of unconsciousness, spinal
injury must be assumed, the student must be immobilized and transportation to the
hospital must occur. (4) Parents will be informed of any concussion suspected injury.
(5) Following, the student must be monitored for a number of days and must be

symptom free for multiple days and cleared by their medical doctor in order to reenter physical activity.
For blood related injuries, or any injury causing blood, universal precautions such as
gloves will be performed.
All students and staff will be made aware of all fire alarms.
For weather related events, such as lightening, all outdoor activity will be switched to
indoors and safety precautions such as shelter during a tornado will be taken in
accordance to the school board policy.
Before teaching any sport or lessons, safety instructions must be relayed to the
students.
Any modifications or accommodations made must increase the safety risks and
guidelines.
If an accident occurs while guidelines are in place, changes and actions must take
place to prevent future injury/risk.
Approval is required for any lesson outside of the scope of the curriculum.
Any off campus activities must follow safety guidelines provided by the school board
and activity provider.

Equipment:
- Before any activity or lesson, a check must be done of all equipment to ensure proper
handling can take place.
- All balls must be inflated properly and equipment free of sharp edges, splinters, dents,
etc.
- Any and all home-made material is prohibited.
- Any and all equipment hazard must be reported by staff, students and parents.
- Helmets must be used for any mobile sport such as rock climbing, bicycling, scooters,
skates, etc.
Clothing:
- Athletic footwear is required at all times during gym related and outdoor activity.
This includes closed-toe shoes, rubber soled shoes, and those classified as running or
training. No sandals, heels, wheels or cleats are permitted.
- Jewelry must be kept with the students belonging or in his/her backpack and not worn
during physical activity. Any religious jewelry must be worn inside of the t-shirt or
taped down.
- Eye glass safety precautions must be made aware to the parents and students.
- Long hair should be worn up and hats are not permitted.
Facility:
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A safe environment must be maintained and provided at all times. A visual check
must be performed at all time before lessons and activities. Any potentially dangerous
objects or equipment/facility damage must be reported to staff immediately.
Any major equipment such as rock walls, ropes, etc. must be checked by an outside
party.

Supervision is mandatory at all times.


Any walls, etc. must not be used as stops for any activity.
Playing fields must be free of hazards such as pot-holes, glass, etc.

Special Rules:
- Water/liquids must be provided and available at all times.
- Weather related instructions must be made aware to the students at all times.
- Students must be educated and made aware of ways to prevent injury/harm/risk such
as sun screen, etc.
- Temperature, duration, intensity and previous training must be considered before any
action or lesson outside.
- Games and activities must be age appropriate and up to developmental standards.
- Warm-ups and cool-downs are mandatory.
- Safety techniques that are up to date are required.
- The importance of reporting symptoms of concussion, seizures, asthma, anaphylaxis
must be made aware to the students.
- Any and all modifications and accommodations will be made for any student with
special needs or disabilities. Any safety issues related will be addressed to all
students.
- Any lesson that includes body-contact will require special safety risks.
- Backward running and blindfolding will be avoided.
- Any students will a cast or other injury due to an accident must provide doctors note.
- Those students will special orthopedic items such as prosthetics will be provided to
accommodations and modifications.
Supervision:
- Children must be supervised at all times.
- Equipment use without supervision is prohibited- gym equipment or facility.
- Supervision must be in eye-sight of children at all time.
- If a student is presenting hesitation with a sport or lesson, the instructor must
determine the doubt.
- All rules and must be made aware at all times and should be age appropriate.
Medical:
- Staff must be made aware of any previous and new limitations and medical conditions
at all times.
- Staff must be able to respond to emergency event at all times.
- School Board policy must be followed in regards to the filing of student records,
(i.e.HIPAA Act)
First Aid:
- First aid kit and emergency action plan must be accessible at all times and in a known
location at all times.
- Any off-campus lesson must have emergency action plan and kit in place.

Emergency:
- All safety alarms, locations and procedures must be made aware to parents, students
and staff including for off-campus lessons.
Activity:
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Before any and all activity risks, ways of minimizing risks, and safety guidelines
must be verbally addressed with students.