A school activity is deemed to be any event that is approved, organized, directed and controlled by any school board employee(s) who has the authority to do so. Often times misunderstandings occur when independent organizations are granted permission to conduct their activities on school premises. These are not considered school activities – please refer to the section on “Permit Holders”.
Approval of school activities should always take into consideration the educational value, the intended design of building/facilities, the injury risk factors associated with the activity and the resources available to manage these risks.
The following list contains common examples of risk exposures that may be beyond the control of school resources or falls outside the intended design of the school premises.
- Excursions to natural disaster areas – e.g. earthquake, floods, hurricane, tornado;
- Excursions to war zones – imminent or existing;
- Excursions to regions with political or civil instability – e.g. civil war, terrorism;
- Excursions requiring the use of non-commercial aircraft – e.g. private planes.
Fun Fairs/Pep Rallies:
- Dunk Tanks;
- Diving into or sliding on foam, mud, ice or snow;
- Hot air balloon rides from school properties;
- Aircraft or helicopter rides from school property;