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Incident Reporting – Quick Tip / Conseils rapides sur le signalement des incidents

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We want to share with you a quick tip to make submitting OSBIE Incident Reports as efficient as possible. Auto-Populate the School Details At the bottom of the form, use the drop-down list to find your school location. Pro Tip: Instead of scrolling down the list of schools within your school board, the drop-down list includes a “suggested function” where…

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A Good News Claims Story / Une histoire de sinistre qui se termine bien

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When working in the insurance industry it is apparent that insurance is not generally a topic that is viewed by most in a very positive manner.  When you purchase an insurance policy, you are purchasing “a promise” that when a covered loss occurs that the claim will be paid promptly and fairly. OSBIE is a member owned non-profit insurance reciprocal…

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Court Concluded School Board Not Negligent in Assault Case / La Cour a conclu que le conseil scolaire n’avait pas fait preuve de négligence dans une affaire d’agression

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The following is a summary of the article “COURT CONCLUDED SCHOOL BOARD AND TEACHERS NOT LIABLE FOR INJURIES CAUSED DURING STUDENT FIGHT” written by Shariati Mahnaz, an articling student of Borden Ladner Gervais and has been referenced with permission. Click here to read the article in its entirety. This case is one example of what a court may take into…

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OSBIE Webcast – Liability and Risk Management 101 / Responsabilité et gestion des risques 101

By | Events Webcasts, General Information, Incident Reporting, Insurance, Insurance Coverage, Liability, Occupier’s Liability, Risk Management, School Activities, Supervision, Volunteers | No Comments

OSBIE Webcast – Liability and Risk Management 101 Date:     Tuesday November 26th, 2019 Time:    2 PM EDT Speakers: Julie Welsh and Allison Palis, OSBIE Session Description: School boards face many risks in their day-to-day operations, ranging from student injuries from sports or school activities to transportation and the use of volunteers. This workshop provides a background on the social, legal…

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PPM 163 Service Animals / NPP 163 les animaux d’assistance

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The new Ministry of Education Policy/Program Memorandum No. 163 (PPM 163) requires all Ontario school boards to implement service animal policies by January 1, 2020. PPM 163 also outlines what the service animal policies must contain. PPM 163 does outline that the policy should include information about the factors the school board will consider when making a case-by-case determination.  One…

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Federal Election Day is October 21 / Le jour de l’élection fédérale est le 21 octobre

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***Version française au bas de la page*** The federal election will take place on October 21.  During elections it is quite common for schools to be used as Polling Stations, meaning large numbers of people from all age groups will be converging on school properties on voting day.  In addition to this, there may be the added risk of wet…

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Volunteers and School Activities/ Les bénévoles et les activités scolaires

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***Version française en bas de la page*** Given the recent news headlines involving the possibility of strike action faced by Ontario schools for now and the foreseeable future.   We thought it would be helpful to re-post the contents of a previous blog as a reminder of the risk management issues that need consideration before it is decided to allow volunteers…

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Summer is here but our responsibilities don’t end / L’été est arrivé, mais nos responsabilités ne prennent pas fin pour autant.

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With the ending of another school year we would like to wish all our bloggers and subscribers a safe and enjoyable summer. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t leave you with a few parting thoughts: Loss Control:  The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) recently released notice of an issue with key-type lighting switches ( According to the article, a…

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Winter Loss of Balance Claims by the Numbers/ Les pertes d’equilibre et les chutes hivernales

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***Version française en bas de la page*** Loss of balance contributed to by snow and ice is one of the most frequently occurring claims and one of the more preventable losses. During a five year period, January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015 OSBIE opened 250 claims involving loss of balance on school property (exterior only) involving snow and or…

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