Administrative Procedure 264
Appendix: Safety Guidelines for Physical Activity in Alberta
Teachers must still have a copy of the SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES IN ALBERTA as it gives more detail and great instructional considerations.
Parents must be made aware of any off-school activity and means of transportation.
There are 3 kinds of supervision that must be followed in any physical activity:
- CONSTANT VISUAL SUPERVISION – teacher is physically present and watching the activity in question.
- ON-SITE SUPERVISION – teacher presence but not necessarily constant viewing of the activity.
- IN THE AREA SUPERVISION – teacher could be in the gym while another activity is taking place in an area nearby the gym.
Skills are to be taught in proper progression. Every gym is to have a first aid kit, NO sock feet ever in the gym, cell phone or access to phone (especially for off school property activities). Parents/guardians must be informed when activities take the student off school property.
AQUATICS – WATER POLO – DIVING – SWIMMING
Teachers MUST accompany students and be on deck during activity, must have a Certified Lifeguard on duty. ON SITE SUPERVISION
No K – 4 students will be involved. Grade 5-6 no compound bows. No crossbows allowed. Must have a shooting line and start and stop command. CONSTANT VISUAL SUPERVISION.
BALL HOCKEY – FIELD HOCKEY – FLOOR HOCKEY – LACROSSE (INTER-LACROSSE)
The goaltender must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet with face mask. “Soft” ball is to be used. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
BASEBALL – Not allowed in the Physical Education program.
BASKETBALL – BORDEN BALL – END BALL – BENCH BALL – NET BALL
Mats on the walls of the main court…follow safety rules for short courts. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING
Course marshals are to be stationed throughout competition routes. IN THE AREA SUPERVISION.
CYCLING – TRIATHLON
Must have a correctly fitted approved bicycle helmet. Cycling K – 2 on school property only. Teacher must have a safe route for students to follow. IN THE AREA SUPERVISION.
DODGEBALL GAMES – TAG GAMES – TEAM HANDBALL
Soft foam type balls only shall be used. At the high school level a regulation handball can be used. CONSTANT VISUAL SUPERVISION.
FITNESS ACTIVITIES – WEIGHT TRAINING
Proper mats under equipment. Free weights and stationary bike are not to be used in elementary school. Students must be instructed in the proper lifting techniques, safety procedures and program progressions that are reflective of the student’s weight, skill, and age. ON SITE SUPERVISION
Tackle football is not allowed. If goal posts are on the field of play, they must be padded. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
Real golf balls are not to be used on school property, except putting. Hitting area must be well marked and controlled. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
GYMNASTICS – GENERAL PROCEDURES – BENCH & CHAIR ACTIVITIES – CLIMBER/TRESTLES – ROPES – BARS – RINGS – BEAM – HORSE – VAULTING
Proper mats. No aerials, no extended dive rolls for distance, no forward and backward handsprings. No trampolines are to be used. No springboards are to be used. All equipment checked for proper working order. CONSTANT VISUAL SUPERVISION
All students must wear an approved ASTM helmet. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
IN-LINE SKATING – SKATEBOARDING
Students must wear an approved CSA helmet, elbow and knee pads and wrist guards. IN THE AREA SUPERVISION.
OUTDOOR EDUCATION GENERAL – CAMPING – CANOEING – LAKE SWIMMING – ROCK CLIMBING
Approval to go on trips, contact numbers of parents, both male and female chaperones with mixed groups, person with first aid qualification must go on the trip, must have an emergency vehicle on site. No open flames allowed in, or near, tents. Teacher is to establish a process for the accounting of students. PFD life jackets for each student, whistle and bail bucket in each canoe. White water canoeing and white water kayaking not recommended. Students are not to be allowed to swim in fast moving rivers or streams without appropriate safety rope. No diving into water. Counting system at regular intervals and no swimming after dark. Rock climbing is only to be done at a rock climbing facility or with Board approval. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
Games that involve body parts being put through the hole in the chute are not to be played. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
Must have a thong on paddles and racquetball racquets that are worn around the wrist. Must have eye goggles when playing racquetball or squash. Must communicate to students the benefits of eye protection in all racquet sports. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
Tackle rugby is not allowed.
If using a goalie, they must wear a CSA approved helmet with cage. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
No standing, or running and diving on boards. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
SKIING (ALPINE) SNOWBOARDING
All students must wear a ski helmet. Must have a vehicle for emergency purposes. Students are to check in with a supervisor half way through the day. IN THE AREA SUPERVISION.
SOFTBALL / T-BALL
The back catcher stands back from the plate and is there to throw the ball back to the pitcher. If using a regulation softball, batters and base runners shall wear helmets. Batter and base runner must have a helmet on. Forced play rule in effect so there is no sliding into any base. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
Boundaries for activities designated and clear bottom area quickly and return to top of the hill. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
TRACK AND FIELD – DISCUS – JAVELIN – POLE VAULT – SHOT PUT – RUNNING – LONG JUMP – TRIPLE JUMP
Safe zone for all throwing events, no spinning in discus and shot put in elementary and in shot put in junior high. In high jump, there are to be no metal crossbars used and proper and adequate landing mats must be used. Javelin may only be used at the High School and at the Jr. High Zone Competition level. Pole vault is not recommended. Plastic or metal batons are to be used only. Safe landing pits for long and triple jump must be free of debris and rakes and shovels kept away while jumping. CONSTANT VISUAL SUPERVISION.
Standards must be padded, from the floor to bottom of net. ON SITE SUPERVISION.
Section 1, 12, 16.2, 18, 20, 45, 45.1, 60, 61, 113 School Act
Traffic Safety Act
Guide to Education ECS to Grade 12
Safety Guidelines for Physical Activity in Alberta Schools
Safety Guidelines for Secondary Inter-School Athletics in Alberta
Physical Education Safety Guidelines
Approved: April 18, 2002
Amended: May 9, 2006; August 21, 2018