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Skateboarding

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Elementary - Curricular 2018

This activity page must be presented to the activity provider prior to the activity taking place. The activity provider must meet the minimum requirements listed on this page. For more information on planning trips using outside providers, consult Appendix O - Outside Activity Providers.

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible. (Consult Appendix D – Sample First Aid Kit).

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use (e.g., no sharp edges, sharp corners, cracks, or splinters). Students must be encouraged to report equipment problems to the teacher.

Parents/students must be informed that skateboards brought to school must be in good repair.

When renting/borrowing skateboards their size must be suitable for the user and in good repair.

When skateboarding at a skateboard park or other commercial site, follow the required equipment rules of the site.

Teachers must communicate to the students and parents/guardians the importance of wearing:

  • a properly fitted (as per manufacturer's guidelines) and properly worn skateboard helmet certified by a recognized safety standards association (e.g. CSPC, ASTM, Snell, BSI, AS);
  • elbow pads;
  • knee pads; and
  • wrist guards.

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

Appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Suitable footwear: closed, slip-resistant shoes (for example, running shoes, skateboarding shoes). Sandals are not permitted.

When long hair poses a safety risk it must be secured. Devices (for example, hair pins, clips and barrettes) used to tie back long hair must not present a safety concern.

Facilities

Determine that all facilities are safe for use. Students must be encouraged to report facility problems to the teacher.

Selected site (e.g., playground, nearby park).

Public or commercial site must be in good repair.

Select skateboarding area that is free from traffic and significant inclines.

Skateboarding surface must be dry and free of any obstacles and debris.

Turning points, finish lines, end zones, and boundaries must be a safe distance away from walls, stages, equipment, trees, posts, natural hazards, and holes. Walls, stages, equipment, trees and posts must not be used as turning points, finish lines, end zones or boundaries. A marker (e.g. line or pylon) must be designated and be properly identified.

When running takes place off school site for a warm up:

  • Teachers must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential problems prior to initial use of route or course.
  • Teachers must outline to the students the route or course (e.g., notice of areas to approach with caution) before the start of the run.
  • Teachers must determine that students are not crossing busy intersections unless directly supervised.

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation. (Consult Fundamentals of Safety)

Students must not participate in the activity until they receive information on concussion prevention specific to the activity, inherent risks of the activity (e.g. outline possible risks and ways to minimize the risks), and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must receive instruction on the importance of reporting symptoms related to a suspected concussion.

Refer to the school board’s transportation procedures related to communicating with parents/guardians the location of an off-site activity and the means of transportation used as well as to the need for obtaining parent/guardian permission.

Parents must be informed of the importance of sun protection.

Activities must be modified according to the age, ability level, language, and experience of students and the facility available.

Previous training, fitness level and the length of time and intensity of physical activity must be taken into consideration.

Activities must be based on skills that are taught.

Skills must be taught in proper progression.

A proper warm-up and cool-down must be included. .

Participants must follow rules posted at public/commercial skateboard sites.

All students must participate in a formal lesson, which must include instruction in the proper wearing and use of equipment.

All skateboarders, regardless of ability, must be given basic instruction in:

  • turning
  • braking
  • coasting
  • balancing
  • using slopes

Emphasize skateboarding in control at all times.

Beginner skateboarders must be allocated their own space.

Instruct participants to keep a safe distance from each other (e.g., 2-3m) to prevent interference/tripping one another.

No audio devices (e.g., MP3 players) may be used.

No inversions.

In order to skateboard in more challenging areas of the facilities/site, specific instruction must be given (e.g., instruction on half-pipe/terrain park, jumps or ramps, etc. in order to skateboard on same).

No hot-dogging.

When other classes are outside at the same time during the skateboard lesson, provide for a non-encroachment (buffer) zone between both classes.

Adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) must be accessible for students before, during and after physical activity to prevent dehydration.

Environmental Considerations

When environmental conditions may pose a risk to student safety (e.g. thunderstorms [lightning] or student(s) with asthma, triggered by air quality), teachers must take into consideration their school board/school’s protocols and procedures related to:

  • environmental conditions (consult Appendices F-1 to F-6: Lightning Protocol, Sample Air Quality Index, Sample Temperature, Tornado, Ultra Violet Index, and Wind Velocity Preparedness Guides]); and
  • insects (e.g., mosquitoes and ticks [consult the school/school board’s protocols and/or regional Public Health Department’s website]).

Students must receive instruction on safety procedures related to environmental conditions and be made aware of ways to protect themselves (e.g. sun burn, heat stroke).

At all times the school board’s weather and insect procedures are the minimum standards. In situations where a higher standard of care is presented (e.g., outside activity providers, facility/program coordinators), the higher standard of care must be followed.

Supervision

On-site supervision.

A teacher who is providing instruction and is unfamiliar with skateboarding (e.g. no recent experience) must refrain from teaching the activity until assistance is provided by an appropriately trained staff or training is received.

An outside instructor must have certification or experience in instruction of skateboarding.

First Aid

Follow the school's first aid emergency response (consult Appendix E - Sample First Plan and Sample First Aid Emergency Response) and the school board’s concussion protocol (consult the Concussion section).

An emergency action plan and response to deal with evacuations and lock downs must be followed and communicated to students.

Also see Fundamentals of Safety section to view complete safety requirements.