Elementary - Curricular 2021
- This page applies to Aerobics, Circuit Training, etc., using a variety of equipment (for example, chinning bar, stability ball, slides, steps, tubing, medicine ball, balance board).
- Consult Safety in Fitness Rooms.
- The fitness equipment must be appropriate in size and weight for the student.
- Only small hand-held fixed weights up to 2.2kg (5lbs) maximum (for example, moulded plastic dumbbells) can be used in fitness activities.
- Weights must be appropriate to the size and ability of student.
- The electrical equipment must be in good working order.
- Steps and/or slides must be equipped with non-slip tread.
- Tubing/elastic strips must be appropriate for fitness level of participant (for example, proper tension and length).
- Place a utility mat directly below high apparatus (for example, chinning bar, peg board).
- Students may use personal audio devices with headphones after initial instruction on any equipment that does not require a spotter or ongoing instruction, or when students do not need to be aware of their external surroundings (for example, traffic on streets). The personal audio device must not pose a safety hazard (for example, headphone cord length).
- No exposed jewellery with the exception of soft/flexible bands on fitness monitors permitted.
- To provide free flow of motion, allow adequate space between activities, equipment and walls and doors.
- Limit activities on stages to those that are stationary (for example, tubing, chinning bar, stretching).
- Fitness room must be locked when unsupervised.
- Consult Safety in Activity Rooms, for safety precautions when using non-gym areas.
- Prior to initial use of route or course, teachers must do a safety check ‘walk through’ in order to identify potential problems.
- Before initial attempt, teachers must outline to students the route or course (for example, notice of areas to approach with caution).
- If route is off school property, determine that students are not crossing busy intersections unless directly supervised.
Indoor Running - Use of Hallways and Stairs
- At turnaround or end points, designate a safety or slow down zone (for example, using pylons).
- Designate a safety zone (for example, using pylons) for all doors that open out into the hall.
- Where school hallways or stairways are used for fitness training, appropriate safety measures must be in place:
- hallway protrusions must be clearly marked
- inform appropriate staff members of times and locations of fitness training
- no running to take place where showcases present a hazard
- hall double doors have to be secured open
- monitors must be positioned at corners
- floor surface must be dry and provide good footing
- stairways must have a railing
- students must be instructed on safety procedure for running stairs (for example, one step at a time, blind spots, spatial awareness, using railings for balance, maintaining body control, respect for personal space).
- Use proper progression of activities:
- warm up
- muscle strength/endurance
- peak work
- cool down
- Resistance training for the development of endurance can be done emphasizing high repetitions and/or low weights.
- Where fitness equipment is being used, (for example, treadmills, stationary bicycle, medicine ball, chinning bar, and tubing) students must be instructed in and demonstrate competency in the proper use of the equipment before using it independently.
- A process must be in place where equipment needing repair is identified and removed from use.
- Stress correct body alignment for injury prevention.
- Permit students to work at personal levels of intensity (for example, students who can make responsible decisions related to low-impact to high-impact and low-intensity to high-intensity).
- A process must be in place to regularly disinfect equipment.
On-site supervision is required.
A teacher who is providing instruction and is unfamiliar with fitness activities (for example, no recent experience) must refrain from teaching the activity until:
- assistance is provided by an appropriately trained staff; or
- Canadian Fitness Standard certification or equivalent is acquired; or
- training is received.
Note: Intramural/Club situations require in-the-area teacher supervision (even in situations where an outside instructor is present).
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