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Risk Management

How to get your outdoor premises ready for spring /Comment préparer vos installations extérieures pour le printemps

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***Version française au bas de la page*** While inspections should occur year-round, now that the snow is melting it’s an excellent time to perform detailed site inspections to assess any hazards that may have occurred over the winter. Under the Occupiers Liability Act, occupiers of property (school boards) are responsible to ensure that the premises are reasonably safe for all…

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Help Keep Student “Helpers” Safe / Aider à assurer la sécurité des élèves « aidants »

By | COVID-19, Events Webcasts, General, Loss Control, Occupier’s Liability, Risk Management, Student Safety, Supervision | No Comments

Students love to help. It gives them a sense of responsibility and the feeling of being a valued member of the school community. Common types of student helper tasks include stacking chairs, moving desks, AV carts, and emptying recycling bins. While well-intentioned, the risk management concerns related to having student “helpers” assist with moving furniture and equipment or performing maintenance…

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Can snow hills create an attractive nuisance? / Les buttes de neige peuvent-elles créer une nuisance attirante?

By | Claims, Facilities Management, Insurance, Liability, Risk Management, Student Safety, Winter Activities | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** During the winter season consistent removal of snow and ice reduces the hazard of slip and fall injuries. However, stockpiling large amounts of plowed snow on the school property may create other hazards and liability exposures. Man-made snow hills entice children to climb, slide and tunnel on the hill and can create what…

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Keeping students safe at school and at home / La sécurité des élèves à l’école et à la maison

By | COVID-19, General, General Information, Ophea Guidelines, Risk Management, School Activities, Student Safety, Supervision, Winter Activities | No Comments

***Version française au bas de la page*** It seemed challenging to craft one blog posting that would be relevant for everyone given our current diverse learning environment. So, we decided to post 2 quick blogs in 1! If you’re back to a brick-and-mortar school this week, here are OSBIE’s Risk Management recommendations for one of Ontario’s favourite winter pastimes: Snow…

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Validation for onsite COVID-19 screening – FAQs / Validation du dépistage de la COVID 19 sur place – FAQ

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***Version française au bas de la page*** On January 20, the Ministry of Education published an addendum to the Guide to reopening Ontario’s schools. Included in the addendum are guidelines for the validation of on-site COVID-19 screening for visitors, staff, and secondary school students. The following are some questions that we have received, and OSBIE’s responses from a risk management…

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OSBIE’s RM Seminar – Session Recordings Available / Enregistrements de séances disponibles

By | Building Security, Claims, COVID-19, Events Webcasts, Facilities Management, General, General Information, Insurance Coverage, Liability, Loss Control, Risk Management | No Comments

Last week OSBIE hosted our first Virtual Risk Management Seminar which attracted representation from 87% of the membership with 1,146 session registrations. We’re thrilled with this result and want to thank everyone who attended and participated. We’re pleased to announce the winners of the Session Participation Draws: Amanda S. – Thames Valley DSB Sandra L. – Ottawa-Carleton DSB Connie O….

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COVID-19 Considerations for Physical Education / COVID‑19 Considérations relatives à l’éducation physique

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***Version française en bas de la page*** One important resource we direct our members to is the Ontario Physical Activity Standards in Education (OPASSE), managed by Ophea. To increase risk awareness and promote best practices for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic we wanted to share the following supplemental information that Ophea has developed: COVID-19 Considerations for Physical Education This information…

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Collateral Risks and COVID-19 Protocols / Risques collatéraux et protocoles liés à la COVID-19

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***Version française en bas de la page*** Ontario schools and school boards have been working hard to put COVID-19 policies and procedures in place with guidance from various education and public health agencies. We’re impressed and proud of the quick work and dedication to reopen schools for the 2020/2021 school year. We wanted to take the opportunity to outline some…

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Tips for Outdoor Classrooms / Conseils pour les salles de classe extérieures

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***Version française en bas de la page*** As part of the reopening process, school boards are looking at alternatives to traditional indoor classrooms to provide safe learning spaces for students and staff. We hope the following will highlight some risk considerations should an alternate location, equipment and/or furniture be part of the planning process. Use of alternate outdoor location –…

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Managing the school board’s liability exposure during a pandemic / Gestion de l’exposition au risque de responsabilité du conseil scolaire en période de pandémie

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***Version française au bas de la page*** While the province is starting to relax restrictions and permit the reopening of businesses along with some outdoor recreational amenities and summer camp programs, school boards are starting to ask, “How do we manage this exposure?” Outlining the duty of care owed specific to COVID-19 will assist all school board staff to identify…

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