The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education, managed by Ophea, represent the minimum (minimum does not refer to minimal safety standards but to the minimum requirements for safety standards that must be followed in school-based physical activities) standard for risk management practice for school boards in Ontario. They focus the attention of teachers, intramural supervisors and coaches on safe practices, in every activity, in order to minimize the element of risk. The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education includes a concussion protocol to help prevent and identify suspected concussions and manage a student’s safe return to learning and physical activity.
The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education are divided into Elementary (grades 1-8) and Secondary levels (grades 9-12) including:
With some exceptions, age divisions are not described on activity pages. It is the responsibility of each school board/local athletic association to determine the age appropriateness of these activities. Where ages are determined in activity pages (for example, Rowing, Track and Field – Turbo Javelin/Turbojav) the standard has been determined by experts in the field.
School boards may RAISE the standards if they wish, but they are strongly encouraged not to LOWER them. Check with your school board to ensure alignment with your school board policies.
The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education were developed by Ophea in partnership with the Ontario School Board’s Insurance Exchange (OSBIE), the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association – Ontario (CIRA-ON), the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA), and the Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Education (OASPHE). The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education are managed by Ophea and are funded by the Government of Ontario.
The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education are updated on an annual basis.