Please come back on August 27, 2019 for the updated 2019 Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education.

The website is currently being updated. Please come back on August 27, 2019 for the updated 2019 Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education.

Medical Conditions

  • Each teacher needs to access student medical information at the beginning of the school year and throughout the year as per school board policy (consult the Sample Curricular Parent/Guardian Letter and Sample Curricular Medical Information Form and Consent to Participate Form).
  • For interschool sports, coaches need to be aware of the medical history and physical limitations of students prior to the first try-out. The coach must have the students’ medical information available at all practices and all games (consult the Sample Interschool Parent/Guardian Letter and Sample Interschool Medical Information and Consent to Participate Form).
  • For intramural activities, each intramural supervisor needs to access student medical information prior to the activity as per school board policy (consult the Sample Intramural Parent/Guardian Letter and Sample Intramural Medical Information and Consent to Participate Form.
  • To address a student’s medical condition (for example, asthma, life threatening allergies, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disorders, concussion) teachers/coaches must refer to the school/school board’s medical condition protocols and/or individualized student Plan of Care. For sample protocols, consult:
  • Parents/Guardians must be informed of the following:
    • If a student misses a physical education class/practice or game due to an injury or illness requiring professional medical attention (for example, medical doctor, chiropractor, physiotherapist), parents/guardians must communicate with the teacher/coach giving the student permission to return to physical activity. For a sample form, consult the Sample Return to Physical Activity (Non-Concussion Medical Illness/Injuries).
    • Parents/guardians must provide a return to physical activity plan for students returning to activities with injuries/illness (for example, spinal injuries, fractures, torn ligaments or mononucleosis).
  • Any student playing with a cast must provide a doctor’s note or parent/guardian signed permission indicating it is safe for the student to participate. Casts/orthopedic devices must not present a safety concern to the student or other participants. Modifications should be made if required. An exposed orthopaedic apparatus must be soft or padded and must be approved by the teacher/coach prior to the commencement of the activity.